December 2016 - Cambridge River Tours

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Our 2016 review

Wow, what a year 2016 was. In years to come, with the benefit of hindsight and water under the bridge (pun absolutely intended), I'm sure that we'll all look back on 2016 and laugh. Or cry. Or both... But for the time being, let's just look back on the year's highs and lows. Not necessarily in chronological order, not necessarily all to do with punting, and not all of them necessarily directly related to us. Think of this as a shorter, less funny, more Cambridgey version of Charlie Brooker's annual review... We were awarded a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence. Check it out: Some engineering students made a pedal powered punt We wrote our infamous What's in a name? blog post that quite a few people read and one person even commented on! William Shatner partook in a spot of punting - http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2016-08-16/star-trek-star-swaps-the-enterprise-for-something-more-leisurely/ (not on one of our punts) We made a couple of videos that some people watched (not all of them related to us). There was a punting bake off - http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2016/09/01/news/andrew-smyth-s-punt-at-bake-off-title-takes-him-through-to-the-next-round--676626/ - thanks to the creativity of a former Cambridge student We hit (over) 600 followers on both Facebook and Instagram and (nearly) 800 on Twitter More celebrity punting - http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/amanda-holden-helps-tamzin-outhwaite-9204767 We launched a page where you can find accommodation if you're planning a stay in or around Cambridge We sponsored a local football team We took loads of beautiful photos of Cambridge Cambridge City Council introduced a PSPO banning touting away from recognised punt stations in Cambridge. As we speak, unauthorised punting is still taking place  - who'd have guessed it? Brexit happened Donald Trump happened As for what 2017 has in store, your guess is possibly as [...]

Our 2016 review 2017-12-08T11:21:47+00:00

A brief history of punting. Part I

Trinity college punts moored under a tree If you've ever been punting before you'll have enjoyed one of the many narratives delivered by one of our talented punt chauffeurs. And if you've been punting more than once, you may have enjoyed an altogether different narrative, because such is the way with storytelling. History is a supple and fluid mistress, and in the hands of our chauffeurs she ebbs and flows with the tides of the Cam... (ok, technically the part of the river Cam we punt on isn't tidal any more but go with it). With this in mind, we thought it pertinent to bring you the definitive history of punting. Don't worry though, no spoilers here, we'll save the best river folklore for on board the punts... What is punting? A punt boat, more commonly known simply as a punt, is a square-ended boat that has a flat bottom with no keel. The normal method of propulsion is by using a 5m (16ft) long pole and literally pushing against the river bed. The pole is also used to steer, either as a tiller or rudder for gentle changes of direction, or by pushing off at an angle to the punt for more advanced manoeuvring. This method of propulsion is known as "punting". History of punting Punts were developed in medieval times to provide stable craft that could be used in areas of water too shallow for rowing conventional craft. One such area was the Fens, the marshy flatlands north of Cambridge, where punts were integral to local trades such as eel fishing, reed-cutting, fowling (hunting ducks, etc) and for transporting cargo, until their use died out in the late nineteenth century. The [...]

A brief history of punting. Part I 2017-12-08T14:35:33+00:00