Thursday, 3 November 2011

Fall punting in Cambridge

Though I travel to Cambridge once a month for business, I never get the chance to be a tourist. Having a friend in town is the perfect excuse to try out all the fun things I sometimes put off.

Two weeks ago I went punting in Cambridge for the very first time!

Some of you might be wondering what exactly is punting?
It is a lot like a gondola ride, where you sit in low, flat boats and a "punter" stands and uses a long stick to push you along the river.

with our tour guide Frank

I have always thought of punting as a summer pastime, but a crisp autumn day is the perfect weather for sitting underneath a cozy blanket for a peaceful ride along the river Cam.

The river is especially nice this time of year, since there are virtually no tourists and you have the river to yourself. As a bonus the slow days can mean the punting companies will offer generous discounts on tickets.

Cam sits in between a few of the historical colleges of Cambridge, so punting offers you a unique view of St Johns, Trinity, Kings and Queens Colleges.

The bridges:

oldest bridge on the Cam

The Bridge of Sighs

The wildlife:

The scenery:
I am dissapointed that I have waited 2 years to go punting in Cambridge and after this fun experience I can not wait to do it again.

The only thing I would change? Next time, I will definitely be bringing some mulled wine for a fall punting session. Or maybe champagne in the summer!

1 comment:

  1. I want to go punting!!! That is so sweet! The closest thing we have are the gondola's at The Venetian in Las Vegas. HAHAHAHAHA So enjoyable Danielle! And the pictures are breathtaking girl. The bridges are just gorgeous. Glad you enjoyed yourself.