Jack Scudamore pioneered Cambridge pleasure-punting in the early 20th century. It proved to be popular with residents and Cambridge University pupils, with many regularly taking to the water for relaxation, inspiration or frolics. Dogs have always been very welcome passengers on our boat hire and tour services.
To this day, both Scudamore’s and punting are globally recognised as synonymous with Cambridge. We own the world’s largest fleet of punts, available on two routes: along the famous College Backs and towards idyllic Grantchester.
COLLEGE BACKS – Tours or Punt Hire
Cambridge is renowned for its prestigious University with eight Colleges gracing the private river banks. This 1.6 km (1 mile) stretch of river is regarded to be the most beautiful in the world. Every year, thousands go punting on the famous College Backs.
Our award-winning punt tours top the list of things to do in Cambridge, offering the best way to enjoy the majestic views. Hear about the history of Cambridge as your guide punts you under nine beautiful bridges, set amidst pristine lawns and gardens. Choose between a private or shared tour, alternatively opt for your own adventure and hire a punt yourself.
GRANTCHESTER – Private Tours or Punt, Canoe and Kayak Hire
The serene Upper River meanders through majestic woods and open meadows to the idyllic village of Grantchester, 4 km (2.5 miles) to the south of Cambridge. An outing here is easily one of the best days out for dogs in the area. Our Granta Place Boatyard provides a plethora of boat hire services on the Upper River including kayaks, canoes and punts. Choose our day punt hire or a luxurious chauffeured punting trip, arranged in advance.
Generations of day trippers have paddled and punted with their dogs along this stretch of river. Their aim is to seek memorable adventures and enjoy summertime picnics on the Grantchester Meadows. Another great idea is to travel to the village of Grantchester itself to sample the divine cream teas at The Orchard Tea Garden, once home of famous poet Rupert Brooke.
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