The history of pleasure punting in Cambridge is believed to have originated from female students studying in Cambridge’s Girton College; it is believed they were looking for a way to show their ankles off!
Pleasure punting is believed to have been introduced around 1902 – 1904 and has ever since been one of the best ways to view the historic city of Cambridge.
The rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge Students even extends to the correct way in which to move the punt. In Cambridge you would stand on the till and punt with the open end forward whereas in Oxford they stand inside the boat and punt with the till forward. This tradition is so strongly upheld that the till end is often called “the Cambridge End” and the other as “the Oxford End”
There are believed to be more punts on the River Cam than on any other river in England. This is mainly due to the spectacular views of some of Cambridge’s most famous buildings, including Kings College, Trinity College, along with many impressive stone built bridges & and just some of Cambridge’s green areas such as Jesus Green and Midsummer Common.
Why not include some of these lovely views and areas with your home by renting a property close to the river?
Typically a two bedroom fully furnished apartment including a patio garden, kitchen/diner on the mezzanine floor, two bathrooms and allocated parking overlooking the River Cam would rent for around £1750pcm.
Such a property would also make a great buy-to-let investment as demand for executive style apartments is very high in Cambridge because of all the high-tech industry in the area.
Article Written by Katie Fairburn, Belvoir Lettings Cambridge