Punting, Cambridge

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    Go for Punting!

    by Jousy Written Jul 9, 2005

    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.

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    Punting on the Cam

    by unexplored Written Jun 8, 2005

    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.

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    Punting

    by rosie_b Written Jun 3, 2005

    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.

    Address: On the river!

    Directions: In the University of Cambridge area.

    Nice day for punting
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    PUNTING

    by BerniShand Written Mar 28, 2005

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    Punting down the Cam gives you a wonderful view of some of the colleges, it should be relaxing but on a busy Easter Saturday was a little like rush hour,
    not only do you have to navigate past people stopped to eat picnic lunches or open champagne, you have to avoid inexperienced punters, or punters who having previously opened and drunk their champagne are now ridiculously happy and supremely confident of their punting skills.....

    there are several sizes of punts, and you can do-it-yourself or be punted along by one of the experienced river guides
    our punt, arranged at an admirably inexpensive rate by Gillian McLauchlin, seated 12, if you have mobility problems you may struggle a bit, the seats are almost on the floor, but we all managed very admirably

    and no-one fell into the river

    Address: On the river!

    an empty punt
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  • Punters Pickup Point

    by Mariajoy Written Mar 27, 2005

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    Tickets are around 8GBP each and the largest boats carry up to 12 people. It is possible to hire punts privately, but my guess is it could be a very damp experience for novice punters if they don't know what they are doing!

    Address: On the river!

    Phone: 01223 359750

    Website: http://www.scudamores.com

    Scudamores

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  • Go Punting!

    by Mariajoy Written Mar 27, 2005

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    There seems to be several places in which to pick up a punt in Cambridge. Ours was from Scudamores by the Anchor pub. It costs around 8 GBP but you may be able to get a discount for larger groups (and if you have a great negotiator with you like Gillian :))

    The boats are very comfy but remember to keep your arms inside and your head down when going under the low bridges! When the river is VERY busy, collisions are inevitable so be prepared for the knocks and bumps!

    It is possible to hire the punts yourself, but I am not sure that's such a good idea when the river is sooo busy! Our guide told us that LOTs of people fall in!

    Address: On the river!

    Directions: Central

    Phone: 01223 359750

    Website: http://www.scudamores.com

    Suet and Pocketpiglet (Adri)

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    Treasure Hunt - Punting!

    by APIA05 Written Feb 28, 2005

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    I would strongly recommend the Treasure Hunt Punting organised by the Scudamore’s punting company.

    The Aim

    To answer as many cryptic questions/clues in two hours dividing time from punting and walking. Your team will be expected to punt themselves, using skill and navigation to reach your destination before heading on foot to the finishing line.

    Cameras are available on request at a charge of £15.00 per team with 10 pictures available. A must when collecting evidence!

    Booking

    I would recommend booking your treasure hunt to avoid disappointment as it can be very busy during tourist season and you may have to wait for punts to come back before you set off onto your adventure.

    Price

    £13.50 per adult and £6.75 for children.

    Summary

    During our visit to Cambridge we had two teams of 6 people who contributed to the treasure hunt for two hours and everyone had a good time. The questions, combined with clues (I.e. Have your picture taken with a live animal – no birds) make it exciting and the questions were well thought off and the company so professional. I would recommend the £15.00 for the Polaroid camera to ensure you collect as much evidence as possible for the bonus questions.

    Address: Mill Lane, Cambridge

    Phone: 01223 359750

    Website: http://www.scudamores.com

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    The Best Part About Punting

    by Elena_007 Updated Feb 23, 2005

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    As I said in the beginning, these colossal colleges, could easily be mistaken as a palace, by an unknowing tourist as myself. Beautiful architecture and designs that took centuries to accomplish is a bit mind - boggling, in my opinion. This is St. Johns College near Wren Bridge. I can only imagine being a student in a place like this. It must be incredible, but it is only a building, after all.

    Our guide was truly amusing, and it was a pleasurable experience. There was a wedding going on at one of the chapels, and it was lovely to see, but my favorite (favourite) moment was when a tiny little duckling, swam away from its mother, came right up beside the punt, and put on a hilarious show for the audience. (namely ... us)

    He (guessing here) quacked, while the mother shrieked a warning that was totally ignored, as he had our undivided attention. He was much quicker than his brothers and sisters, and didn't seem the least bit concerned about being hit by the punt. He sang us a duck song, did complete circles next to the punt, before taking a bow, and returning to mother duck. She was not amused, but I tell you, that baby duck laughed at us, and winked with it's heart, before waving farewell. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I shall never forget it, and still smile when I think about it. I guess you really just had to be there, as words cannot adequately describe it.

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    St. Johns College, Cambridge
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    Punting on the Cam

    by Elena_007 Updated Feb 23, 2005

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    As you walk down the busy city streets, dodging the many bicycles and pedestrians along the way, you will surely be approached by at least two or three students competing for your punting pleasure. The cost is negotiable, depending of course, on your attitude, or eagerness to go punting. The original cost is £12 per adult, but we managed to get a deal for £9 for a guided tour, by passing up the first few guys that were accepting no less that the quoted price.

    The tour lasts about 30 minutes, as you glide down the river, crashing into other less experienced punters who are brave enough to try it on their own. Not to worry, just keep your hands inside the punt! Do not attempt to hold on to the sides of the punt at any point, because you may have your fingers crushed by a novice punter. The guide will remind you, along the way, to duck when approaching lower tree branches, etc.

    Remember the black swan from my homepage? Here you can see why the water is so green because of reflections on the river.

    The following web site has currently 120 high quality professional photographs, of all of the colleges in great detail, and the city of Cambridge, as well. I bought several of their postcards, which are protected by copyrights, but beautiful to see.

    The following tips will give more details of my punting adventure. Please read on ...

    Address: On the river!

    Directions: Not to worry, the punters will find you.

    Website: http://http:www.cambridge-portfolio.co.uk

    Cambridge Punts (Click to see the Black Swan!
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    Punting on the river

    by Winksc Written Dec 14, 2004

    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.

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    Punting - a cliche but a must

    by Sophie1980 Updated Sep 1, 2004

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    You have to try it once. It's fun. Don't punt if you're completely weak like me - let someone else do it and then you can relax and enjoy the views whilst they either punt merrily or swear like a tart because the pole's floating in the water. Hiring a punter is expensive BUT if you're elderly or can't be bothered to do it, then it's a nice option. One old school friend works as a punter - Tom Billinger. If you see him, ask for a discount!

    As of 1st Sept. 2004 - Michelle and Stewart from Big Brother went punting here last Thursday. Woo hoo!

    Address: On the river!

    Directions: Bridge Street.

    Bridge Street punting
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    Punting the Cam

    by AcornMan Updated Apr 25, 2004

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    "Punting the Cam" is the local way of describing the act of using a long pole to push yourself around in a small boat, known as a punt. The Cam River winds peacefully through Cambridge, creating some of the most beautiful scenery I saw anywhere in the UK.

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    Scene on the Cam

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    Punting on the Cam

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 21, 2004

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    Punting is a great tradition at Cambridge and one of it's chief attractions. Punts are flat bottomed boats, without a keel, steered with a 10-foot-long pole. Punts were introduced to Cambridge in Edwardian times. Before that, fishermen and reed cutters in the fens had used punts. The design itself dates back to medieval times.

    We were fortunate to have a nephew, Alan Wheeler, a student at Cambridge, who served as our personal punting guide. But not to worry. If you don't have a nephew at Cambridge, many other enterprising students usually make themselves available near the Cam Bridge and offer their services to visitors who want to participate in this "must do" activity.

    Address: On the river!

    Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cambridgeshire/out_about/2003/04/punting.shtml

    Preparing to Punt on the Cam
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    punting in the river Cam

    by katerina-dale Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    We did a punting trip with work colleagues once and I can tell you that this is not very enjoyable if the punter is an amateur. Leave this work to the professionals and you 'll enjoy some of the best views of this town.

    Punting is one of the best subjects to photograph in Cambridge. You imagine the past where speed does not matter as much as today, where you can savour the moment.

    And, by the way, do you see? Here you can see the cows again! Even within Cambridge! This photo was taken at the Backs, behind King's College.

    Address: On the river!

    punting in springtime
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  • let's go punting!

    by cielo85 Written Sep 8, 2003

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    we went punting twice when in cambridge,first time we hired a punter ,and it was really as cosy as we imagined,but the second time was another story...we punted by ourselves the second time,tho it was mostly a boy friend of us did that,the quant was really really really heavy,and it's also hard to control the direction,we spent about 20 mins staying at the same place on the boat,i did think everyone else was laughing at us.....but anyways it's really a unforgettable experience ,and the scenery was really amazing ,we even saw a wedding was being held at one of those colleges,soooooo romantic*S*

    Address: On the river!

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