I can’t believe I’ve never been to Cambridge before. Beautiful buildings, lots of history and cobbled streets – pretty much perfect. Given that I’ve been living just over an hour away since November it’s almost criminal that up until this past weekend I hadn’t visited this gorgeous city. This also meant I’d never been punting in Cambridge on the River Cam!
Cambridge, famous for Cambridge university (amongst other things), is only 50 miles north of London and a couple of hours from numerous beaches and even less distance from beautiful green countryside. In my opinion that all makes it pretty much perfect (I’m already thinking about moving there).
Punting in Cambridge on the River Cam
Of course, being a first time visitor to Cambridge we couldn’t possibly pass up on the chance to take a punting trip down the river Cam.
We opted for a tour, usually we do our own thing but I still remember exactly how stressful a family punting day out in Oxford went. We spent the majority of the time in the hedge. My Mum, siblings and I found it hilarious – my Dad tasked with being our ‘driver’? Not so much.
There’s posh young men all over Cambridge selling punting trips; you can’t fail to see them. So, if you haven’t bought your tickets in advance you’ll easily find a company to go with.
What do you get on a 45 minute tour?
Your 45 minute tour gives you fantastic views of some of Cambridge University’s colleges. The tour is guided but I’d take the stories your guide tells you with a pinch of salt. Ours did admit to trying to come up with the most ridiculous sounding stories to fool tourists with – we didn’t trust much of what he said after that but at least he was funny!
Being a summer’s day the river was busy. It was full of hen parties and people who had chosen to self-drive their punts. We saw a few bedraggled looking people who had fallen in the river but they still looked in high-spirits (perhaps due to the empty champagne bottles by their feet…).
If you’re looking for a quintessentially English activity in a city full of charm and history then punting in Cambridge is the activity for you!