Walk along the Backs, and turn right down Garret Hostel
Lane until you're standing on Garret Hostel Bridge.
At this point, the surface of the River Cam flood plain
is about 4m above sea level, and the bottom of the river is only about
2m above sea level, yet the sea is almost 50 miles (80km) to the north
at King's Lynn. It's only Jesus Lock, Bates Bite Lock, and Denver Sluice
that keeps the salt water from reaching Cambridge and making the River
Boreholes have been drilled under the Cam at Garret Hostel
Bridge and a deep buried channel was found which goes down to at least
ten metres below sea level. This channel was cut about 14,000 years ago
at the end of the last Ice Age when the ice sheets receded from the Wash
and southern North Sea. It was almost as though someone had pulled a plug
from a sink and the water drained to cut out this new course, which the
present day River Cam has inherited. The river has hardly moved from that
Ice Age course and has simply filled up the channel, first of all with
peats and later with floodplain silts and clays, which began forming about
2000 years ago in the Romano-British period.
Go over the bridge and turn left once you reach Trinity
Lane. Keep walking along Trinity Lane until you reach Trinity Street -
where you will see a row of shops. Turn left and walk along Trinity Street
and St John's Street.
Henry VIII stands above Trinity
You will pass Trinity College on your left. Above the
grand entrance you will see a statue of Henry VIII... Look closely, can
you see anything odd about what he's holding in his right hand?
As you face Trinity College, you'll see a small apple
tree in a grassy area to the right. Some people alledge that this tree
is grown from the seed of the apple tree that Isaac Newton
sat under at his manor house somewhere near by!
You will also pass by St John's College and the grand
entrance on your left. St John's College was founded by Margaret Beuford
who was Henry VIII's grandmother, she also founded Christ's College and
they've got similar crests. As you look above the gates and the crest
you will see little white daisys carved into the stone which are there
because the other name for daisy is margarite - so it's a play on her
If you look very carefully at the flowers you can see
the tail of a fox disappearing into a hole with a white swan or goose...
the original craftsman or designer was probably having a little joke!
Turn left at the end of St John's Street, at the Round
Church, and walk up Bridge Street towards the Quayside.