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The Backs, Cambridge

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
Bask in the tranquility of this picturesque area situated by the River Cam. Walk alongside the river or take part in the traditional Cambridge activity of punting. You can rent a punt yourself or take a guided tour. Alternatively, sit with a picnic and watch other people meander down the river. The Backs is located parallel to the back of several University of Cambridge colleges, giving it its name. Bring your camera with you and photograph the grand architecture of the buildings. The area can get very muddy, so wear robust shoes if you plan on going on a walk. Arrange your visit to The Backs and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cambridge using our Cambridge tour planner.
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  • The banks of the River Cam are beautiful. Place to rest, relax and enjoy the beauty. I really enjoyed walking in the green areas around.
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  • We chose to walk along The Backs, rather than go on a punt. We could see more of the college grounds from our level, than people on punts. We ended our walk at The Granta pub, well worth a visit! 
  • Had a little time to view these well praised areas but failed to find the straight walk along the riverbank we were looking for. Some good views from bridges but even some of those like Kings College ...  read more »
  • The best reason for visiting Cambridge over Oxford. If you can get a punt and head down the river, the views are phenomenal. The first thing any self-respective tourist should try to do! But beware of the punt touts - often better to hire your own.
  • Greatest sight for King's College Chapel! #MustSee
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