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The Backs, Cambridge

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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. With our online itinerary creator, Cambridge attractions like The Backs can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Yes it was OK to walk 'The Backs' but apart from an occasional distant view of the colleges, nothing much to see. You end up frustrated because you cannot actually walk close to the colleges without p...  more »
  • With most colleges closed for exams walking along the backs on a fine day was a good experience. No pressure, recharge your batteries.  more »
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  • One of the more beautiful parts of Cambridge the backs and the river are even more stunning in the summer. There are regular guided boat trips but if this doesn't sound appealing you can hire a boat and go punting yourself. Be warned it is more difficult than it appears. If this sounds entirely like too much effort sprawling out on the riverbank is also an option. A visit to the wren library is a plesant diversion where you can see the original manuscript of Winnie the pooh or Isaac Newton's cane.
  • Great day in Cambridge with my wife and a lovely place to visit this is my city
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