Chauffeured River Tour
It says on the board that every twenty minutes a boat leaves for forty five minute trip of river but I had to stand there and wait for forty minutes as they were trying to have more tourists on the boat.
It was October and there were not many tourists were there so may be they were right for summer.
I have to admit that I haven't done this in years. It's quite a pleasant way to pass a sunny half-day, though, especially if you have someone else who is prepared to push the boat along with the supplied punt pole! If you are feeling wealthy you can get a "chauffeur punt" where a student or a local will push the boat along while feeding you pieces of tourist information of variable accuracy....
Falling in the river, which I've actually had the misfortune to do once, is not recommended!
There are 2 major punt operators, which are Scudamores near Silver Street Bridge, and Tyrells (pictured) by Magdelene Bridge, next to Bridge Street. Scudamores have a web site, which is at:
Do you know what a punt is? I didn't when I went to Cambridge, but now I do and I am glad to tell you, too:) A punt is a flat bottomed boat. There are smaller and bigger punts - smaller holding four people and larger up to eight, i think. While people sit, one person stands at the rear end and pushes the punt along using a pole. It may sound a lot easier than it actually is, but don't hesitate and give it a try!!!
Fondest memory: You can hire a punt yourself and have fun trying:) or you can have a chauffeur who is experienced punter and will tell you all kinds of stories of different colleges that you will along the riverside during your journey!
Favorite thing: While we were punting down the River Cam we came across the Mathematical Bridge...our guide told us that many years ago the maths students couldn't work out how the bridge was built without any bolts etc so they pulled it apart, then they couldn't get it to go back together without the bolts so they had to use them to join the bridge back together...
Punting is one of the things to do for which Cambridge is the most famous. To watch or do, it's always a real laugh.
The waterway is behind the main colleges (St John's, Trinity, King's) - you can sit on the grass and watch or head out with friends and try your luck pushing the boat with the pole, but be warned: people regularly fall in the water!
Favorite thing: The best way to see Cambridge is on a boat, where you can most of the backs of the famous collagues or walking through all the monuments.
Favorite thing: The boat ride is very nice experiance, esspecialy to those romantic souls. We used to take a few botles of cold beer with us. What the time that was !!!