Amongst the woodlands and heathlands...
...if you look hard enough...
you'll find a sandy beach.
which is nowhere near the sea...
you can go swimming, and build sand castles
and bury Dad's keys in the sand whilst he is reading about cars.
a really lovely day out from sticky London on this hot September day.
In fact there are many beautiful ponds and lakes in Surrey to explore. One day we will spend more time walking through the woods to see what we'll find.
We did come across this peaceful lake away from the crowds (but this one is not for swimming in!)
on the way home we spotted these nice doggies, waiting patiently whilst their owner was chatting and drinking with his chums.
The first pond with the beach is called Frensham Great Pond, which is in Surrey, and near to Guildford. It seems to be very well known about by the locals so I think it gets really busy on the weekends (we went during the week so it was ok) so be warned, but there are quiet spots to be had away from the beach part. There is a cafe, toilets and car park next to it. There are other a few places to swim in that pond so take a look at the map. There is another little pond too which we didn't go to but also looks nice.
The other lake I don't know where exactly it was, but there are a few similar around the area.
We happed across this place because we went to see a car for sale near by which we were contemplating buying. Sadly we were told the car had sold at last minute. We didn't want to waste such a lovely day and I had a vague memory about a pond with a beach in the area. Its funny how you find such nice places when things are not going to plan.