Paula Battle, Author at Cambridge River Tours


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Our favourite Trip Advisor reviews of 2017

We love it when people leave us Trip Advisor reviews. All of them. Even the ones that aren’t wholly accurate. We know that good Trip Advisor reviews can have a massive impact on buying decisions, and we're really proud of our Certificate of Excellence. If you've not yet left us a review, please do - it'll make us smile. A lot. It wasn't easy putting together our list of our favourites from 2017, but we got there eventually. Here's our standout five Trip Advisor reviews:   1. The one who loves the same things that we do: Just to clarify – it’s called ‘Punting’ but we’re not going to let a typo get in the way of sharing a great review. These are exactly the reasons we love punting too – if you want a day conflating the twin pursuits of bringing history to life with watching people fall off boats, our boat tours are made for you. 2. The one that turned out to be from a different city altogether: This one started so strong. Matt’s great! He’s really friendly! And funny, he’s funny too. And so good at his job. Not only that but the other people on the trip enjoyed it too. This is marvellous stuff. We were all set to give Matt a rise until we looked at the pics provided by the reviewer and realised that they’d been to Canterbury, not Cambridge, and we definitely don’t work in Canterbury. It's gorgeous though - maybe we should set up there?   3. The one who doesn’t know about the ‘other place’: Most of this review is spot on. Punting on the Cam is indeed traditional. Our tours are fantastic, and our guides [...]

Our favourite Trip Advisor reviews of 2017 2018-01-05T18:17:32+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

Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Newmarket Town Youth (White)

 12th November 2016 On a windy, rain-swept and chilly Saturday morning the Histon Hornets U10 (Blue), welcomed Newmarket Town Youth to the recreation ground. The away game at Newmarket between these two sides was a great nip and tuck affair, with Newmarket slotting in a cheeky late winner. So today’s game between the evenly matched sides in such challenging conditions was eagerly anticipated.  […]

Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Newmarket Town Youth (White) 2017-03-27T11:08:37+00:00

Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Cherry Hinton Lions

    This week, the Histon Hornets U10 (blue) team welcomed the Cherry Hinton Lions (U10) to the Histon & Impington recreation ground. On a perfect early Autumn morning, both teams were ready and raring to go – like excited flat-capped Whippets ready for the chase. […]

Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Cherry Hinton Lions 2016-10-26T12:11:35+00:00

Newmarket Town Blue vs Histon Hornets Blue

Mini Soccer Cup The boy’s last game saw them travel to Newmarket Town football club to play a cup match on the newly laid 3G pitch. Once the boys got over the distraction of what footwear they were permitted to wear they all got their game faces on and began the warm up. After introducing Sav (MK Dons Ladies goalkeeper) as the new member of the coaching team the boys were itching to get going. […]

Newmarket Town Blue vs Histon Hornets Blue 2016-10-21T10:16:58+00:00

Cottenham U10 – Histon Hornets U10 (Blue)

Following on from a great game against Haslingfield recently, the Histon Hornets U10 boys were ready raring to go again for Saturday’s local derby against Cottenham U10. Right from the whistle Histon had one thing in mind, pass move and attack. The Histon boys had the better of the early first half exchanges. Following great team movement with the Histon defence winning the ball and passing through the midfield, Alistair picked up the ball, opened up the Cottenham defence to score a terrific goal! […]

Cottenham U10 – Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) 2016-10-21T09:43:42+00:00

Haslingfield v Histon Hornets U10 (Blue)

Following on from a very healthy win at home last week against Spartak,  Histon Hornets U10 may well have felt justifiably confident for the first away fixture of the season. However, today’s opponents Haslingfield U10 had other ideas. From the opening few minutes of the game, it became clear that Histon were in for a hard game. Haslingfield were first to the ball, pressurised the Histon players into mistakes and picked up every loose ball. […]

Haslingfield v Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) 2016-10-21T09:43:42+00:00

About the Histon Hornets

We're immensely proud to be the 2016 sponsors of a local youth football team - the Histon Hornets U10 (Blue). Getting children involved in team sports from an early age is such a good thing to do and lays the foundation for so many life skills. You can follow their progress via their match reports in this section. You'll see that we don't publish the results. This is deliberate and part of the FA RESPECT protocol aimed at promoting good sportsmanship and helping to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game, regardless of the score. [layerslider id="1"]

About the Histon Hornets 2017-12-08T15:19:51+00:00

Welcome to our new website!

Hello there! Welcome to Cambridge River Tours. Thanks for joining us. We’re really proud to launch our new, mobile responsive website. It’s been a busy year so far which has meant we’ve had to delay today’s launch, and there’s still lots of new content to be created. But, in the meantime, you should now find it much easier to book to go punting with us, either on a private tour or with one of our eTickets, especially if you’re using a mobile device. […]

Welcome to our new website! 2016-10-21T09:43:43+00:00