It's a very nice experience to go punting. If you want to enjoy the scenery and relax, get the students to do the punt for you. As you move along the river, the person will give you history and information of Cambridge. There's no way I can remember what all he said, but it sure was a wonderful nice time. Go early to beat the crowd and you get to see the place in quietness.
A punt is a big boat that you push along with a big stick. Its loads of fun up to 6 people can share a boat but uf you are doining the punting take things out your pockets because its tricky and you might fall in the river.
It's not as easy as it looks, especially when it's crowded. Although with practice, you can get better at punting. You have to essentially push the little boat around as opposed to row. It's a great and fun activity, especailly when you have your friends in the boat with you.
Punting captures the essence of carefree college days, a student leaning on a long pole, lazily guiding the flat-bottomed river craft along, while others stretch out and relax. Punting is still popular both with students and visitors, who can hire boatyards along the river - with a chauffeur if required. Punts do sometimes capsize and novices should prepare for a dip.
A trip to Cambridge would not be complete without a boat trip down the river Cams. This is a very relaxing way of seeing many of the attractions - such as the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs...
Punting is THE thing you have to do, when visiting Cambridge.
You can packs sandwiches and drinks, or be more adventurous and have strawberrys & champagne. Thats traditional way to go.
You can almost trick your mind into thinking you're in Venice during certain points of your river experience. Well, maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but it is quite beautiful in its own right.
You can punt yourself around the Cam and this may be fun. But for real relaxation and a fascinating insight into the college's history I'd suggest a guided punt tour.
The river Cam is shallow so ideal for punting, A punt is a flat bottomed boat pushed along with a long pole. Several places on river to hire or private poleman.