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.
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).
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!)
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.