One of the most sought-after excursions by tourists and residents alike in London is “punting”. It is one of the foremost outdoor activities popular in the nation. It is one of the most common bucket list goals for many globetrotters. And out of the several punting destinations in the UK, the punting from Cambridge to Grantchester is one of the most desirable routes. It is quite famous for its calm and enchanted meadows, trees, villages, and pubs.
The Punting Chronicles
In medieval times punting was regularly used to transport goods and merchandise to be sold in the market. It was also regularly used to hunt waterfowls and fishing.
From Trading to Touring
Pleasure punting in the UK was formally introduced in 1860 and the demand increased exceptionally at the beginning of the 20th century. This flat bottomed wooden craft known as the “punt”(boat) is typically propelled by pushing against the river bed with a wooden pole which is also known as punt pole. Nowadays the punt poles are also made using aluminum.
Among several other locations, Cambridge has become a well-liked punting spot. River Cam flows through the heart of Cambridge and is famed for its attractive and vintage college buildings. These are some of the most beautiful places in London. Apart from that, the riverside has several other picturesque locations and bridges which makes Cambridge punting a must-try experience.
The conventional way of rowing a punt is by standing at the top of the wooden deck which is also known as the “till” and pushing against the riverbed. It’s a bit of hard labor and you need to get used to it since maneuvering in unknown territories can be a tad bit challenging. You can either hire a professional punter who is highly skilled and familiar with the passages or you can punt yourself through the river. Hiring a punter also allows you to know about the various fables and legends related to the land.
The safety aspect
Punting is an extremely safe activity. The boats are strong, stable, and perfectly built. And the punters who navigate the boat are adept in what they do and are trained professionals. It is relatively safe even if you are punting yourself because the water is relatively shallow. As an added safety measure life jackets are also provided for those who require them, especially children.
The Scenic Countryside
Punting to Grantchester is unique, as plush greenery and nature flank on either side of the river. Grantchester is a tranquil and serene location situated 2 miles south of Cambridge.
Celebrated sights and landmarks
Some of the most iconic structures seen along the way from Cambridge to Grantchester among several others-
Bridge of sighs
which was said to be loved by Queen Victoria more than any other spot in the city
King College Chapel
This is the oldest building in Cambridge which took over half a century to build.
This is a historic wooden bridge built entirely by straight timber without any bolt, nails, or screw.
The Grantchester Village
After punting past the college backs and Newnham, we reach the enchanted Grantchester meadows where you can see cattle grazing peacefully among the lush green lands. And then finally to the famed Grantchester village.
Tourist attractions in Grantchester village
Grantchester is a quaint and peaceful countryside. It’s a typical English village with thatched cottages and historic monuments. There are two churches of St Mary and St Andrew from the 12th century. A couple of famous pubs are also opened to tourists to enjoy a pub lunch such as the “Red lion” and “the Green Man”.
If you are a tea lover then definitely a visit to “The Orchard (Tea room)” is highly recommended. You can sit outside the tea room as lots of outdoor seating are available and enjoy the brew.
Best seasons for punting
Be it Summer spring Autumn or winter, punting can be enjoyed all year round. Every season has its significance and there are lots of vibrant colors blooming in nature. Some of the best unforgettable moments can be experienced and clicked.
People also asked
How long does it take?
It takes approximately three hours to complete punting from Cambridge to Grantchester.
How much to spend on punting?
Tyrrell’s Punting offers you different types of deals for different scenarios according to the occasion and number of people.
Private punting tour charges with your chauffeur can range from £110 – £140. And shared punting tours with booking for 4-6 people along with chauffeur a can range from £65 – £90. We also provide evening punting tours which range from £100 – £140.
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