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Surrey’s Hidden Beach, perfect for swimming on this Jubilee Bank Holiday

With warmer weather slowly approaching, many of us will be planning a trip to the beach over the Jubilee weekend. Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 70 years on the throne with a huge concert at Buckingham Palace and the public will enjoy a four-day weekend from Thursday (June 2) to Sunday (June 5).

And while thousands of sun-seekers will flock to popular beaches like Brighton and West Wittering in Sussex, some will want a quieter trip away from the hustle and bustle. You might be surprised to find that one of southern England’s hidden stretches of sand is not found along the coast.

Frensham Great Pond might not have the most glamorous name, but images of its golden sandy shores tell a different story. Nestled at the western end of the Surrey Hills, between Farnham and Hindhead, is the beautiful reservoir and lake.

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The neighboring Frensham Little Pond is just around the corner and is part of the same estate. Both were originally created in the 13th century to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester and his court when visiting Farnham Castle, reports MyLondon.

Unlike coastal beaches, Frensham benefits from its location nestled amongst trees and shrubs, making the area a haven for birds and other wildlife. Besides offering a beautiful natural setting at the beach, it also offers plenty of shady spots to cool off on a hot day.

The National Trust-owned land, which covers nearly 1,000 acres around the pond, is meticulously managed by Waverley Council and has won a Green Flag award for publicly accessible green space. Visitors to the pond can enjoy a swim in the water between opening hours, which range from dawn to dusk most of the year.

If you go there to swim, be sure to check the council’s website for any water quality updates, as the pond is known to occasionally succumb to dangerous blue-green algae blooms.

To maintain the sanctity of the area for wildlife, dogs are not permitted, nor are barbecues or fires, and inflatable boats or rings are also not permitted on the pond. Waverley Town Council says the car park is usually full by 10am, so arrive early if you want to secure a space – you’ll need to pay to park via the RingGo app, which you can download for free.

The advice also advises against visiting on hot days during weekends and public holidays, as the site gets crowded – so a weekday might be your best bet.