Punting down the River Cam in a flat-bottom boat is the classic way to see Cambridge, but mastering the long wooden pole takes practice. Book a 90-minute lesson with Scudamore’s Punting Company (Granta Place, Mill Lane; 44-1223-359750, scudamores.com), which will assign a well-muscled tutor to punt you down the gorgeous stretch of river that runs behind the colleges. Halfway through, the pole is handed to you, for a lesson in propelling the unwieldy craft. If you didn’t come to Cambridge for tutoring, rent a kayak from Scudamore’s and paddle to the Orchard Tea Garden (45-47 Mill Way, Grantchester; 44-1223-551125; orchard-grantchester.com), where E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and Bertrand Russell hung out a century ago.Its a bit of a hike, but you can walk there (though it was beastly hot the day I did it - punting might have been better).
Thursday, November 18, 2010
And Keynes, too
Ahem. A notable Bloomsbury figure is curiously omitted from the Times' report on 36 Hours in Cambridge: