Punting in Cambridge is a fantastically quirky tourist activity that is both informative and a lot of fun. You can learn a lot about the exhilarating history of Cambridge while punting down the River Cam. A punt is a narrow flat-bottomed boat that will remind you of a Venetian gondola with the removed curve. Punting along the River Cam is a traditional delight that everyone must experience at least once. Unless it is a hectic season, you do not need to book a ticket in advance. There will be plenty of chauffeurs ready to take you and your group on a guided tour. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
If you want to try punting on your own, you can hire a punt for the day. This can be challenging for first-time punters, and many of them get laughed at, especially when their pole or quant gets stuck in the riverbed. If you are inexperienced and want to impress a date with a self-punt, we highly recommend against it. Many people travel around England with their pets and have asked if they are allowed on a punting tour. Some companies do permit pets to join you for the thrill, but there are some minor safety precautions to consider.
Punting is a truly timeless, and eccentric idyllic pleasure where you sit and enjoy a ride down the river while admiring the wildlife and Cambridge University sights around you. Keep in mind that the punt boat has a flat bottom with a square-cut bow. It is designed for use on shallow water and small rivers. This can be risky for pets unless they can sit completely still during the ride. Everyone on a punt must sit close to the centre, and the boat is low enough for your hand to touch the water. If you have a jumpy dog who tends to bounce around, then punting may not be for them.
A guided tour with other tourists might not allow your pet to join. This is because some people do not feel comfortable sitting too close to a pet, especially if they have any allergies. Your chauffeur will let you know if your pet can be allowed or not. If you really want your pet to join, there are pet-friendly companies, or you can hire a private punting tour just for your group. You will still have a skilled chauffeur to do all the hard work while you kick back and enjoy yourself. This way, there will be more space on the punt for your dog to lie down and stretch.
Small dogs are more comfortable to bring on a punting tour, whereas big breed dogs can be a challenge. Make sure they are not frightened or too excited during the ride. Keep them close to you in the centre of the punt. The best is to let the dog sit between you and someone else so that they are not at the edge in case they tip overboard. It is exceptionally safe to punt in Cambridge, especially with the talented chauffeurs who have been doing this for a very long time. However, it is always recommended to keep an eye on pets if you do bring them for a tour.