Punting at Cambridge

Punting at Cambridge

During the Great Britain Tour with Expat Explore, our first destination was 80km north of London – Cambridge.

Known as a university town, our one and only traditional adventure upon arriving at Cambridge was punting along River Cam.

cambridge river cam

Home of the University of Cambridge, it has beautiful scenery and historical buildings to explore and punting is probably the most relaxing way to do so.

On the day we were there, it was rather gloomy and drizzly – the weather that all travelers dread.

cambridge punt boat

Anyhow, we still went on with the popular activity.

Prior to the tour, I didn’t know what “punting” was and how the mentioned “boat” look like. I only found out when we were boarding the punt.

FYI, a punt is a flat-bottomed board with square compartments for the passengers and it’s designed to be used for small and shallow rivers. Punting basically refers to the activity of using the punt.

cambridge punting

Anyway, we left the dock as the punter (the dude who rows the punt) brought us along the river.

The entire punting session was about 45 minutes and the punter shared and explained historical moments and tales in Cambridge.

cambridge punting river

Despite the cold weather, it was quite a wonderful experience. We passed by several buildings built along the river bank.

Here’s how a punt with its passengers look like…

cambridge punting passengers

Majority of use were in ponchos because it was drizzling.

Besides that, we passed by the university area as well. Imagine studying in such an elite educational environment – sure very stressed!

cambridge university

The punter sure did mention the name of the individual colleges or academic departments (that form the University of Cambridge) as we passed by them but I can’t remember any. Heh.

cambridge scenery

Also, Cambridge is the place where the heirs of the British Monarchy receive their education at some level.

Anyway, this was our punter…

cambridge punter

He looked like a statue on this photo though. Heh.

Anyway, it was an interesting experience to be punting along River Cam at Cambridge. Lovely place, but I wished it was sunny and slightly warmer. Having blue skies will make the scenery much more beautiful. :)

To be honest, it was super cold and that could have ruined the punting moment – just look at my freezing hand…

cold white hands

It’s SO white I’m gonna turn into an ang moh!

2 thoughts on “Punting at Cambridge

  1. I’ve two ex-students studying there, one basic degree and another his PhD and an old friend doing his post-doctorate. I dropped by Oxford, didn’t make it to Cambridge – hope to visit one day.

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