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Landscaped open areas and gardens weaving behind many colleges on the River Cam, which are known for their daffodils and crocuses in the spring, and stunning views of the colleges across the river at any time of year.
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Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
+44 1223 322640
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Reviewed 1 week ago

walking hand in hand is lovely walking along the backs admiring the fabulous views of the colleges on both sides of the road.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to walk by the river to view the back of some of the colleges including Kings.

Thank Pam D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

greenery and trees with plenty of benches, the river runs along, we fed the ducks here. Its the place where the coaches set down and pick up

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Any visitor to Cambridge should make sure they walk along the “backs”. This walk offers great views of the colleges, including Kings College Chapel. I love locally but never tire of the views in this area, whatever the season.

Thank Liz U
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The real Cambridge. Nature and elegance, willows and bridges, atmosphere and academia along the banks of the river.

Thank hungryveganfamily
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Hire a punt, take a picnic from the M & S store on the square. Gardens and atmosphere wonderful. Crowded in August, but not like Trumpington Street at the front of the colleges.

Thank wfatom
Reviewed 8 August 2018

The best views of many colleges are gained from a stroll along the Backs - particularly so of the iconic view of Kings.

Thank James P
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Pleasant area to walk and enjoy views of the back of the Colleges. It’s a surprise to see cows quietly grazing.

Thank Liz49Elgin
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Punting down the Cam or taking a leisurely walk along the bank is a feast for your eyes. With the backs of the Colleges and the unique bridges, along with the greenery of the trees on a warm summer's day, is a most pleasant way...More

Thank Suzie J
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Enjoyed the views and the wildlife along the river and the Backs of the colleges. Very scenic. Nice to take a stroll along on a summers evening

Thank Alison F
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2 May 2018|
Response from jazoia |
Probably too late to answer, but it’s fine all year round. you will certainly find muddy patches, but there’s always a dry path and a tarmac lane you can walk or ride on
1 August 2016|
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Response from MonsunowaMegha | Reviewed this property |
It might be risky as there is a lot of animals around there, starting from water birds and ending on huge cows :)
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3 July 2016|
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Response from Kevin C | Reviewed this property |
Parking in Cambridge is a pain and expensive. At time of writing nearly £28 per day. There is parking on the Backs but this is restricted. Best thing to do is to take one of the Park and Ride services. The closest is... More