Strolling around Cambridge’s university campuses is positively delightful. On a rare, plan-less weekend, I booked two train tickets and a couple of punting passes for the university city.
A bit of research and a friend’s recommendation pointed to The Anchor for lunch. Ever English and delicious, the hubs and I enjoyed a long, lazy midday meal properly with pints. Just outside, we found our punting station and excitedly hopped on board. New to this sort of boating, we marvelled at our eccentric punter’s ability to expertly navigate the shallow channels, perfectly pushing off of the river bed and propelling us down the campus-lined canals. While he was knowledgeable and entertaining, describing the different universities and their infamous tales, the inexperienced punters were equally amusing to observe.
In awe of the gorgeous green spaces and spectacular architecture, we attempted to later walk along the canals but found most of the campuses to be closed to visitors. So, the best way to take in the small city is most certainly by punt! The irresistable smell of mulled wine lulled us into the Cambridge Wine Merchant’s Kings Parade shop. Sipping on our festive fall drinks, we watched the sun set over King’s College before making our way back to the train station.
It was a crisp, fall day well spent!