LPK had a wonderful time when we went punting in Cambridge, sporting the Orange Butterfly Kurti.
What a splendid outing our day-trip to Cambridge turned out to be.
Cambridge, as everyone is well aware, is famed as the most prestigious university in England if not the world, but did you ever realise what a big affair ‘punting‘ was.
Punting on the River Cam it seems has been a past-time of students of this pre-eminent institution since the early 1900s and today the Cam is reputed to be the most popular punting river in the whole of England.
And with good reason too, as the river affords beautiful views of renowned colleges, such as Kings, Trinity and St.Johns as it winds its way through ‘the Backs‘.
As you can see from the pic above of Kings College chapel, the punter stands at the back of the boat and propels it forward by pushing the pole against the river bed.
Clearly it takes a bit of skill and a good sense of balance is paramount as many a would-be punter have taken a plunge into the Cam as we had the opportunity to witness!
Visitors to Cambridge should be wary of the touts in busy tourist areas such as King’s Parade, selling river tours at slightly inflated prices.
One is better off making one’s own way down to the quay on Silver Street or at Trinity College to charter a punt.
And it’s also worth mentioning that whilst the most popular and must-do trip is upstream to take in the wonderful view of the bridges and colleges of this beautiful town, the trip downstream towards Grantchester meanders through some particularly scenic and tranquil countryside.
No doubt the most beautiful bridge traversed on the river tour is the Bridge of Sighs.
Named after a similar covered bridge in Venice, legend has it the ‘sighs’ are of students who cross it on their way to sit examinations.
Romanticists however claim it is named after the gasps of admiration that it draws from all who behold it.