is one of Cambridge’s chief attractions. Punts are flat-bottomed
boats which, because they don’t have a keel, are usually steered
with a long pole (about 10 foot long).
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(usually the drawer of the short straw!) stands on the platform
at the back and pushes the pole against the river bed in order to
move the punt. The end of the pole that goes in the water has two
metal prongs on it to help you get a grip - especially if you are
unfortunate enough to get stuck!
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did they come from?
punts were introduced to Cambridge in Edwardian times. Before that,
they were used by fisherman and reed-cutters in the Fens. The basic
design was developed in Medieval times and made it a very stable
craft, particularly suitable for shallow water. These craft were
therefore perfect for use in the marshy Fens.
to punt in Cambridge
You can punt between Grantchester
and Jesus Lock, by Jesus Green, a route which takes you along the
Backs (the backs of some of the older Cambridge colleges).
Wear sensible footwear
Make sure platform is dry to avoid hilarious banana skin-like
slide into water
Get your balance
Drop the pole straight down into the water. Let it slide
through your hands until it touches the river bed
Pick up the pole
Repeat as often as needed
N.B. Try not to splash your puntees and if you ever need to decide
between staying in the boat and keeping hold of the pole, remember
that you can always go back for the pole.
to hire punts:
The Granta pub on Newnham Road
By the Anchor on Silver Street at the
end of Mill Lane
The Quayside near Magdalene College
Sit in punt
Shout ‘helpful’ instructions to punter
Shout ‘helpful’ instructions to other river users e.g. "Please
can you get out of the way!"
Occasionally try to steer the craft yourself by frantically
dipping your hands in the water and paddling like mad.
Don’t rock the boat.