Scudamore's Punting Company in Cambridge announces its range of punting and paddling gifts for Christmas 2011

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Summer may seem like a long way off, but Cambridge's oldest punt and boat hire company has some enticing and long-lasting Christmas gift ideas up its sleeve with a special edition of its Self-Hire Season Tickets.

Boaters enjoying the river between Cambridge and Grantchester

Boaters enjoying the river between Cambridge and Grantchester

Canoes and kayaks are particularly popular with those ticketholders who appreciate the fitness benefits of a brisk work-out and would much rather be out on the water than stuck in a gym.

The festive season may not seem like the obvious time to be messing about in boats, but keen punters and paddlers are already looking forward to the coming season. With this in mind, Scudamore's Punting Company in Cambridge have come up with the perfect Christmas present for river-lovers, in the form of special gift edition of their popular Self-Hire Season Tickets.

Boating addicts lucky enough to find one of these gifts in their Christmas stocking won't have to wait very long to get their first fix. Gift edition Season Tickets are valid from February 2012 right through until the end of September 2012, entitling ticketholders to eight months of regular free boating trips on the River Cam.    

Ticketholders have a choice of two routes when taking out craft. The section of river known as the College Backs runs through the heart of historic Cambridge and is, without doubt, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful urban riverscapes in the world. In contrast, the rural route towards Grantchester Meadows is more tranquil, a haven of peace from everyday cares and the bustle of the city.

Punts are available for both the College Backs and Grantchester and for many traditionalists these sedate, pole-driven craft are what boating in Cambridge is all about. However, ticketholders can also take advantage of the canoes, kayaks and rowboats which are available towards Grantchester. Canoes and kayaks are particularly popular with those ticketholders who appreciate the fitness benefits of a brisk work-out and would much rather be out on the water than stuck in a gym.

Single and joint gift edition Season Tickets are now available, in five or seven day a week versions, with prices ranging from £90 to £180. For further information and sales call 01223 359750 or visit the company website.

About Scudamore's Punting Company

Punts were introduced to Cambridge as pleasure craft in Edwardian times. One of the pioneers of punt hire on the River Cam was Mr F. Scudamore, who founded his business in 1910, quickly establishing punting as Cambridge's favourite pastime. Today, Scudamore's Punting Company continues the proud tradition of its founder and now owns the world's largest fleet of punts, with over 150 craft available for hire along two routes.

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