Punting in Cambridge is one of the most exciting activities in the city that is enjoyed by several tourists from around the world and the locals. There are two parts of the city where you can usually rent a Cambridge punt. One of the options is to rent one from The Granta, which is a stretch of river that leads to Grantchester. The most popular choice is to go on a guided Cambridge punting tour or self-punt along the College Backs. This is part of the River Cam right between Newnham Mill Pond and Jesus Green Lock. Here is more information to help you choose where to go for your next ride.
The College Backs
This is the most touristy part of the river because it features the famous university that everybody visits from around the world. The Cambridge University College Backs are a chain of iconic historical buildings that cover a kilometre stretch of water. These buildings have so much history that makes punting in Cambridge so exciting for tourists and locals. You might come across buildings that have been standing since the dawn of time, and your chauffeur can introduce all the colleges to you on a guided tour and offer some interesting titbits to make the trip more memorable and fun.
Imagine relaxing on a wooden Cambridge punt that mimics a gondola as it takes you down the River Cam so you can sense where so many of the world’s most significant accomplishments originated from. On this stretch during your Cambridge punting tour, you can see Queens’ College, which was founded by three queens and King’s College, which was founded in 1441 by Henry VI. Students such as Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma code, attended King’s College. If that does not impress you enough, nothing else will.
This side of Cambridge runs upstream from the weir on Silver Street. After approximately two miles, you can arrive at the Village of Grantchester, which is quainter than it sounds. It is a very scenic place to take a break from your Cambridge punt to grab some deliciously warm tea or visit any of the local pubs for a cold pint. Then the river forks in two up ahead, so you can use this part as a turning point. What makes this side one of the best for punting in Cambridge is that there are very few buildings and you are surrounded by a vast stretch of wooded area and meadows. You can sit back and admire the beautiful natural trees that glow across the river, and then stop for a picnic lunch with loved ones to stretch those legs around the lushest green fields.