On Sunday morning we took a long walk along the river and I was surprised that there are locks on the river. I had never really thought about it before.
The riverbank was so peaceful that morning even though the were many people jogging and walking their dogs
The river Cam winds way down the length of Cambridge, flowing slowly past colleges, commons, lawns, and copses.
Both banks of river have stunning trees, which makes this river more charming. A long walk by the river bank is must do thing, when you are visiting Cambridge.
The Mathematical bridge at Queens college is a wonderfully intricate wooden construction over the River Cam.
Gullible tourists are often told that Sir Isaac Newton knocked it up in his spare time. It was constructed in 1649 - when Newton died in 1627 !
It has been rebuilt a couple of time since, the last time being in 1905.
Entry to Queens college varies throughout the year. During winter months it is usually free to enter the college, although in the summer (excluding exam time when there is no entry anyway) it is about One pound 40p.
It was one my memorable time in Cambridge. The walk starts from Jesus Green and ends at Bridge Street. It is hardly ten minutes walk but walking on wooden narrow path was amazing.
The branches and leaves of trees standing on both sides of bank for years kissing water of river make atmosphere very romantic and unforgettable.
Although one might try punting on their own, Jo suggested that unless we wanted to go for an accidental swim or spend an hour spinning in circles that we should leave it to the professionals and let someone else do the work. As we were approaching the area near the river, the man who would later be known as "the ghost" solicited our business and Jo, our able tour leader, deftly negoiated a rate of L8 per person. After a spot of lunch, we returned to the river, hopped in our punt and off we went down the Cam.
Punts are flat-bottomed boats which are steered with a long pole, in our case by a 19 year old student whom got more than he bargained for when he piled our raucous group into his punt. The 5 of us sat in one section, should it have been busier they could have fit another group into the punt.
The ride took about an hour along the stretch of the River Cam known as the college backs, taking us past the mathematical bridge, Queen's College, King's College and the Bridge of Sighs.
We used the Traditional Punting Company, Jo tells me that we were near the Magdalene Bridge and the contact is "the ghost", Jan Jarus
The city got its name from a bridge over the River Cam. Here, one can see the Backs (that is, the backs of the colleges) by punting along the River Cam. A punt is a rowboat. This is a popular pastime for both locals and visitors. Listed below are some sites where you can get more information about this activity. The best one for beginners is:
Here, one can learn the rudiments of punting. I never actually did this myself.
It was not well advertised but i happened across a cruise boat called the Riverboat Georgina moored just below Jesus Lock.
Me and my wife went for a sheduled one hour trip which left 12.00 midday and returned at one oclock. We cruised gently past all the college boathouses and watched the rowers practising for races which was great. We enjoyed it so much that the next day there was a 2hour cream tea cruise so we went on that as well and the cream tea was yummy.
It feels a little bit like beeing in Venice with the difference beeing that it's obviously on a much smaller scale.