Discovering Frensham Little Pond

July 7, 2014

It was a brilliantly busy week that saw me in London, Suffolk, Norfolk and back to London. It was then a case of re-packing the unpacked bag for two nights away at a blogger conference. Enjoying family time and restoring a sense of calm was essential when I returned. Blowing away those cobwebs is just the best, even more so when your office is also your home. All we needed was a little time out to restore the balance.

Located in Surrey, Frensham Little Pond is another gem from the National Trust. The heath is a site of special specific interest, a special protection area and a special area of conservation. We’d not visited Frensham before but this is what greeted us when we arrived. You couldn’t help but smile to yourself. Already we loved this place.

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Although dry, the woodland smelt wonderful and the sun beamed through the gaps in the trees. Armed with sandwiches, sun cream and swimmers, we headed for the little pond hopeful of securing a sandy spot.

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It was an idyllic setting  that made you want to stop, stare and collect fir cones from the pathway. But we continued, taking in the views as we walked and breathing in that fresh Surrey air. Much as I enjoy London (I lived there for many years), I love returning to the countryside.

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Although there were other people at the beach, it was a Monday so we found an area of our own. Aside from the noise of a few children playing, it was incredibly peaceful. And perfect. POD stood by the waters edge holding her dress and taking it all in. It wasn’t long before she asked if she could go in the pond.

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The soft sand underfoot felt amazing,  the water was still and the birds sang.

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After an initial paddle, POD ventured in further to look at fish with Daddy. She then enjoyed throwing fir cones, splashing and spinning round in circles. She loved it here.

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I thought it was a wonderful moment when she waded out to see Daddy

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but actually this was. A genuine look of joy on both their faces when they met for a cuddle.

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When we stopped for a sandwich we saw a grass snake swim by. Frensham is renowned for its rare and endangered wildlife but what a sight!

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Having re-charged the batteries POD was back in the water requesting to be spun around. She returned to pouring wet sand herself after that.

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We watched terns dive into the water, ducks investigate nearby reeds and Daddy even saw a frog.

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Frensham Little Pond has much to offer, we have lots of exploring to do here. Trekking to the Great Pond, walking round the Little Pond and venturing up Snowball Ridge are a must. We should get a fishing rod and do a spot of pond dipping too…! Today wasn’t the day for it but we’ll most certainly be back.

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Linking up with #whatsthestory here on PODcast and #CountryKids at Coombe Mill.

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  • Jenny July 7, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Wow what a stunning place and that cuddle you are not joking is absolutely heart melting. Great capture. Your photography always amazes me and is so beautful. I wish I was half as good as you. So jealous and motivates me to keep learning and maybe someday. Thanks for hosting my lovely.

  • Mummytries July 7, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I live in Surrey and keep hearing amazing things about this place! Looks like you guys had a fab time there. The photo of the snake is incredible 🙂

  • YouBabyMeMummy July 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Fabulous pictures! and wow seeing a snake, that’s amazing. I used to dressage judge at Frensham Manor a fair bit and passed this place but never knew it was so beautiful x

  • The Reading Residence July 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

    It looks like such a wonderful place to visit, so much wildlife around, too. How fab to spot that snake! Beautiful photos x

  • ninja Cat July 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I agree with redress the calm after such a busy event, what a beautiful beautiful crisp forest it is , magical , such settings make me never want to leave it.

  • ninja Cat July 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    LOVE love love it xx

  • Honest Mum July 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Wow utterly stunning shots, your photography is sublime x

  • LauraCYMFT July 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Sounds like an amazing day out. Beautiful place.

  • Wicked World of Lucas July 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Charly, I think this is my all time faovurite #whatsthestory from you. I love the cuddle shot and what an amazing place. Not sure about the snake though – please tell me that was taken on a HUGE zoom lens!!!! Stunning photos and just looks idyllic xx

  • Notmyyearoff July 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    It looks like a really nice place to go and I love the action shots, especially Mr D swinging POD out of the water. The cuddle photo is just lovely though 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) July 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    This is so beautiful, what a gorgeous place. You’ve inspired me, I know what we’re doing tomorrow, heading to the swimming lake near us for the morning 🙂 Love the cuddle shot, fabulous image x

    • Sara (@mumturnedmom) July 12, 2014 at 1:08 am

      Just popping back from #CountryKids You really did inspire me and my post is about our trip to the beach 🙂

  • brummymummyof2 July 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! How gorgeous. Again it’s like your little fam are the only people there. And I love the combo of the water alongside all the trees. It’s somewhere I would love to visit it with my little fam! xxx

  • sarah July 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    gorgeous. love norfolk. how brave you are to all head into the water too!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) July 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Sounds like a lovely place and you found the perfect spot for a lovely relaxing day. Gorgeous photos as always too 🙂 xx #whatsthestory

  • Nikki Fraser July 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Looks great, magical even. Bet you had great fun 🙂

  • Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One July 7, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Loved reading this, you know it takes me back to my childhood and my early bug hunting trips with my Dad. Will have to take Monkey there one day. Bet Mum has some photos somewhere.

  • Alison July 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

    What gorgeous pictures and it looks like an amazing time. That snake is amazing, I have never seen any British snakes in the wild

  • Helen C July 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    That looks like an amazing place, love the snake photo!

  • WildFamilyFun July 11, 2014 at 11:43 am

    What a brilliant adventure. Your photos look amazing and shows what a great family day out you had. I love the outdoor swimming as well. Looks like great fun.

  • Coombemill July 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I love the look of this place and even more the adventure you made for yourself taking a dip in the pond and finding the grass snake. A great day out and a perfect Country Kids adventure.

  • Sarah MumofThree World July 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Looks like a beautiful place and your photos are stunning as ever – especially POD playing with Daddy 🙂

  • Iona@redpeffer July 12, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Oh wow, look at that grass snake-what a capture! Beautiful pictures as always Charly 🙂

  • Helen Sims The good life mum July 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    oh my goodness i think you found a bit of paradise there except for the snake bit i would have got out the water right away but what a sight to see. #countrykids

  • Sophie RR July 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    As ever, your photos are fantastic. This place looks idyllic. I love the rainbow hat and that snake! What a capture. #CountryKids

  • PottyMouthedMummy July 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    This isn’t too far from us and sadly we’ve never been, I shall definitely be changing that!!! Gorgeous pics #CountryKids

  • Adventure Togs July 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures and what a lovely little dress. You obviously had a lovely time and captured some beautiful moments. Lovely x

  • The Mummy Diary July 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Stunning pictures, I love the snake and the beach and water looks so lovely. #countrykids

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) July 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Awwww looks so awesome in there. NT has the best parks to visit ever and this one is not an exception. Thanks for sharing your trip =) #countrykids

  • Ting at My Travel Monkey July 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Gorgeous photos. We love going to Frensham. We only discovered it early this year… but it was a little too cold to go into the water. We definitely want to pop back for a swim before the summer ends! #countrykids

  • Sonia Constant July 14, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    This looks great fun! Love the photos of the fun in the lake! Brave bunny! You would not catch me going in there. 🙂 hehe x

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