Bikes and Boats, A Day Out In Cambridge

A Day Trip To Cambridge With A Teen And A Tween

I have wanted to visit Cambridge and see the university buildings for absolutely ages, but I knew that the kids wouldn’t be too excited about the prospect of spending a day looking at buildings so I had to come up with a way to make it more fun for them. Our answer? We hired bikes for the day!


A female riding a bike through a park


We parked at the station and hired our bikes from Rutland Cycling which is based right next to the station. It cost us approximately £50 to hire four mountain bikes for the day.

There are cycle lanes and paths all over Cambridge so it was very easy to get around, although we did have to consult Google Maps a few times as we got a bit lost.


4 bikes leaning up against a wooden fence, next to a tree. There is a path through a field in the background.


We cycled along the river through one of the many beautiful parks that Cambridge has and made our way round to Trinity College. Unfortunately all of the colleges were closed to the public because exams were still taking place, but we were able to view them from the river.


Standing on the bank of a river in Cambridge. There is a colourful barge moored on the opposite bank and small boats can be seen further down. Large trees line the river and a building can be seen in the distance.


The weather was glorious and the riverbanks were full of people with picnics making the most of the sunshine.


Two boats with several passengers punting on the River Cam in Cambridge. Buildings line the river and large trees hang down into the water.


I have always wanted to go punting down the river but I wanted to be able to enjoy it with both Mark and I as passengers so we chose to do a tour, rather than hire our own boat. It turned out that luck was on our side and we were the only people in our boat – result! If you’ve always wanted to do a gondola ride in Venice but never had the opportunity, this makes a nice alternative and on a sunny day it’s easy to forget that you are in England and not on a city break abroad.


Looking at Mathematical Bridge over the River Cam in Cambridge from one of the punting boats. Two people are sitting at the front of the boat on tartan covered chairs, and the punter is facing towards the camera with his back to the bridge and a long pole in his hand, used to manoeuvre the boat. Another bridge and boat can be seen further down river.


Punting lasted about an hour and our guide told us so much history about the university and the various colleges, it was so interesting. We learnt that Prince Charles arrived on his first day at Cambridge University via helicopter and that one of the colleges house lots of priceless pieces of art. I really hope we get to go back and go inside the colleges as I bet they’re amazing.


An empty flat bottomed boat punting down the River Cam in Cambridge. One of the university buildings can be seen on the river bend and large trees line the grassy banks.


Mark and I loved our day out in Cambridge and the kids had fun getting to ride everywhere, so it was a win for everyone.

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Several punting boats full of passengers on the River Cam in Cambridge.


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