Wednesday, 29 October 2008

River Cam

It was a cold frosty morning in Cambridge....
Nonetheless the sky was clear and the air was crisp and dry. It was a perfect day for visiting river cam.
The River Cam is a tributary of the River Great Ouse in the east of England. The two rivers join to the south of Ely at Pope's Corner. The Great Ouse connects the Cam to England's canal system (via the Middle Level Navigations and the River Nene) and to the North Sea at King's Lynn. The total distance from Cambridge to the sea is about 40 miles (64 km).
In earlier times the Cam was named the Granta, but after the name of the Anglo-Saxon town of Grantebrycge had been modified to Cambridge, the river was renamed to match. It has no connection with the much smaller River Cam in Gloucestershire.
Over the river cam was beautiful greeneries (which some of them had turned red or yellow in autumn).
Punting is the most popular form of boating on the stretch of the river between Jesus Lock and Grantchester. Several of the colleges own punts, and they can also be hired from various companies, either with or without a person to operate them (a "punt chauffeur").
Unfortunately, it's impossible to walk along the river without entering several different college grounds. (We didn't hire a punt because the sun nearly set by 5pm). So we ended up crossing so many bridges to avoid jumping over the college border. But my son had always doing this everytime we stopped at the bridge, and he quietly watched the ducks and the punt racing together.


MaryAnn Ashley said...

Stunning! I thought you were in Boston, until I read more. Your family is gorgeous.

Stardust said...

Love your pictures, beautiful as always. That's a cute back view of your child. =)

J.H said...

morning everyone!
maryann : I lived in Northampton, though my husband commute to Oxford, as for Cambridge, we just there for a visit. Isn't that confusing to have 2 cities with the same name on 2 different side of the world? They should call this one Cambridge-UK, haha!
Stardust : hey, I need a dosage of your lovely blog today :-)

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

That last photo is precious! Thanks for the stroll.......

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