Punting in Cambridge was started in the early 1900s by the female students of Girton College. They were first primarily used for navigating the river but later on people started using them for touring around the colleges and into the neighbouring countryside. Punting itself can be defined as standing at the back of a punt boat (usually measuring 3.5 feet wide and 22 feet long) and providing motion using a 16 feet pole (often made of wood) by pushing off the river bed. The pole is not only utilized to provide motion but also to steer the punt in different directions.
River Cam is divided into three sections: the lower river; the middle river and the upper river. The lower river flows faster than the rest of the sections and it is reserved for university rowing competitions and other water games. The upper and middle river sections are primarily used by locals and tourists for punting in Cambridge. These sections are located close to over seven magnificent college buildings and amazing bridges. At the Traditional Punting Company it is our mission to make sure that you not only get to see these amazing structures up-close but also to know some facts about them. That’s why we fully train our punt chauffeurs before allowing them the opportunity to take tourists on a punting Cambridge trip. The middle river section is the closest to the colleges while the upper river section reaches into the countryside. One of the most popular destinations on the upper river section is the village of Grantchester (about four kilometres away). This village has grown to become a popular retreat not only for Cambridge city dwellers but also for tourists on River Cam punting trips. The village has a relaxing feel to it, with plenty of green open spaces and other magnificent natural sites. There are also local eateries that provide visitors with a true taste of hot English Fare.