Punting in Cambridge is high up on the things to do lists of most visitors to this historic city that I call home. Recently punting here has had a surge in popularity having had masses of media coverage due to some major A list celebrities trying it out. Most notably the football genius that is David Beckham and the fashion icon that is of course Victoria Beckham.
So what can you expect when you go punting in Cambridge? You can expect a relaxing, historical and beautiful glipse of some of the most famous landmarks Cambridge has to offer. You can go punting every day except Christmas Day! So yes even in winter some people are punting on the River Cam (blankets essential!)
There are a lot of different types of punting you can do. You can rent a punt and go along the river yourself which is great for a laugh with friends as you try and make it across the river without falling in! Or you can go for the safer option which is a chauffeured tour with a guide who will tell you all about the sights complete with stories and historical facts.This time I went for the chauffeured tour which cost £14 pound online (slightly cheaper than paying on the day). You get emailed a barcode that you show and they then give you the time of your punting experience. I only had to wait 15 minutes and then it was time to go. I went with my Canon 700D camera because I’m really in to photography and wanted to get some photos to add to my collection. Taking photos on a punt was a lot harder then I imagined. Constantly moving and rarely being at a straight angle proved quite the challenge but here are some of my favourite shots from the day:
The tour guides really know their stuff and they were soon informing everyone the story behind the famous bridges and colleges Cambridge has to offer along with lots of other tales and facts that even after living in Cambridge my whole life I didn’t know. They even asked people if we wanted a turn at punting. I wasn’t quite brave enough fearing my efforts would cause it to capsize but some people did (without us all falling in!)
So if you’re ever in Cambridge I’d highly recommend taking part in this traditional and fun experience. I can’t wait to go again 🙂