Validity Has Begun for Scudamore's Punting Company's Popular Boat Hire Season Ticket, Just As Spring Bursts Into Life on the College Backs in Cambridge

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The explosion of flora along Cambridge's most beautiful stretch of river coincides with the start of a frenetic Spring and Summer for the city's oldest punting company.

Daffodils adjacent to the Mathematical Bridge, Queens' College Cambridge.

Daffodils adjacent to the Mathematical Bridge, Queens' College Cambridge.

a majestic carpet of flowers bedecks the College Backs like a botanical palace.

It was barely 3 weeks ago that employees of Scudamore's Punting Company were spending their mornings shovelling snow out of boats, chipping ice away from pontoons and taking out tours dressed like Scott of the Antarctic. Fast forward to today, however, and the scene could scarcely be different, as a majestic carpet of flowers bedecks the College Backs like a botanical palace. This beautiful addition to the scenery, caused by a welcome change in the weather, coincides with the start of validity for the company's highly popular boat hire Season Tickets.

With Scudamore's Season Tickets being applicable to kayaks, canoes, rowboats and punts, there are plenty of opportunities for ticket holders to make the most of the River Cam throughout the Spring and Summer months. These great value tickets have become a regular fixture in Cambridge amongst a loyal band of local boating fanatics. As well as being a fantastic location for leisure boating, the River Cam also provides customers with the perfect environment for a vigorous outdoor workout. Kayaks, in particular, are the source of an excellent cardio-vascular session.

Of course, boating on the River Cam in Cambridge doesn't always have to be quite so energetic. The Spring and Summer months also provide opportunities to relax on a chauffeur punt and enjoy two of Cambridge's most unique events - Cambridge University May Week fireworks displays and Scudamore's weekly punting bat safaris towards Grantchester Meadows, the latter run in partnership with The Wildlife Trust each Friday evening from May 18th until September 14th.

Following on from a winter's low of -13.6C experienced in Cambridge on February 11, the city is now enjoying much balmier temperatures which should allow Season Ticket Holders to enjoy the fantastic explosion of flora along the College Backs and towards Grantchester. In particular, the rolling lawns of St. John's College and Queens' College have become adorned with a sea of daffodils and attractive lilac Woodland Crocuses, providing the perfect backdrop to a pleasant day's boating on the River Cam.


Over the past century or more boating has been one of Cambridge's favourite pastimes. Boat hire occurs on two sections of the River Cam, respectively called the College Backs and the Upper River.
The 1.5km section of the Cam known as the College Backs runs through the heart of historic Cambridge and is one of the most beautiful stretches of river in England. Set amidst spacious lawns and intimate gardens are some of Cambridge's grandest college buildings, including King's College Chapel, the Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs.

More tranquil than the College Backs the Upper River winds through fenland, meadows and woods to the beautiful village of Grantchester, lying some 4km south of Cambridge and once the beloved home of the poet Rupert Brooke. Generations of boaters have paddled, punted and rowed out to this 'upriver resort' to enjoy a relaxing day on the meadows or to take tea under the trees at the Orchard.

Punts were introduced to Cambridge as pleasure craft in Edwardian times. One of the pioneers of punt hire was Mr F. Scudamore, who founded his business in 1910, quickly establishing punting as Cambridge’s favourite pastime. Today, Scudamore’s Punting Company own the world’s largest fleet of punts, with over 150 craft available for hire along two routes.


For press visits, high resolution pictures or further information, please contact:

Robin Woolley
Scudamore's Punting Company Ltd
Granta Place
Mill Lane
Cambridge CB2 1RS
Tel: +44-1223-359750
Email: robin(dot)woolley(at)scudamores(dot)com

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