Train trip to Cambridge

MathematicalBridgePunt

Iconic view of punt going under the Mathematical Bridge which links two parts of Queens’ College

To avoid paying a £90 visitor’s licence to the Cam Conservators we decided to go to Cambridge by train from the GOBA mooring at Waterbeach for the grand sum of £2.60 each return – bargain! Our aim was to get a general feel for the place and to figure out what we’d like to see in detail on a later trip. We got a map of the city from the Tourist Information Centre which detailed a walk around the major colleges and sights and this seemed just the ticket.

CorpusClock

The first thing we spotted was the Corpus Clock – designed by John C Taylor and inaugurated in 2008 by Stephen Hawking it’s accurate every fifth minute. I don’t know enough to know how impressive this is but I thought it was quite attractive.

There’s two things that come to my mind when I think of Cambridge – punting and colleges  and the walk took in a fair amount of both of these. It’s impossible to avoid being offered punting trips as you wander around the city but we found the sellers polite and not at all pushy, accepting a no quite happily.

The college buildings are impressive and you can visit most of them (for a fee).

TrinityCollegeEntrance

Entrance to Trinity College with its statue of Henry VIII and its bowler hatted college porter

DecorativeCollegeFront

Gonville & Caius College Entrance

ClockTower

Ornate sundial on the gateway to Gonville & Caius College

We had a good look as we walked around and decided that we’d like to see round St Johns College that day as it’s the only place from which you can see the Bridge of Sighs (unless, of course you take a punting trip!)

InnerArchStJohnsCollege

Inner Arch in St John’s College

BridgeOfSighs

Punts going under the Bridge of Sighs

UsBridgeOfSighs

We were asked to take a photo of some American girls in front of the Bridge of Sighs and they kindly returned the favour

Monkshood

Monkshood growing in the grounds of St John’s College. Not that I want to poison anyone but if I did I’d know where to go

RoundChurch

The Round Church – oldest building in Cambridge

I don’t think we were as impressed with Cambridge as we expected to be but I’m sure we’ll go back to take another look before we leave the Great Ouse System.

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