Spending a day punting in Cambridge

Like many other rivers in the UK, the Cam is used for several kinds of recreational activities including punting. By taking a guided punt or by engaging in the activity on your own or with a group of friends, you can enjoy a perfect summer’s day along the river, taking in the scenes of historic buildings.

What is punting?

A punt is basically a narrow boat that is flat-bottomed. It bears a resemblance to a Venetian gondola in many ways except that it has no curve. A punt generally accommodates up to five people with one of them standing at the rear of the punt, propelling it using a long pole. The design comes from the medieval period. It is ergonomic and allows for a smooth navigation in shallow waters. Before, punts were mainly used for commercial fishing but now they are purely used for recreational purposes. Unless you are remarkably skilled and possess an innate talent at punting, your first few attempts at it will probably not be too successful. But give it time and we’re sure you will get the hang of it!