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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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Dilly4472
Spilsby, UK884 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Our first ever visit to Cambridge and we won’t ever return!! The most disappointing city we’ve experienced in 40+ years of wandering round cities in the UK and abroad. All the colleges were closed to visitors so there was no way to see the historic sights along the River Cam. The Backs is impossible to walk as you aren’t allowed close to the river without being able to access the college’s private parkland. The only way to see many of the much photographed views is to take a punt…….£20 each!!!!! I don’t think so.
Written 8 September 2021
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Maz326
Spain107 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Cyclists reign here,completely spoiling any walk you may choose.
They ride into you,across you and are reckless.
They should be made to dismount in pedestrian areas,and managed.

Cambridge city council need a wake up before a tradegy occurs from cyclists knocking over someone or bumping into you and riding off,as occurred to me.

Such a shame as it’s an interesting place for a walk but spoilt by so many racing cyclists,most of which were very rude.
Written 7 November 2021
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,834 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
On a sunny day buy an ice cream where all the boat trips can be booked. , then head towards the famous mathematical bridge . As access isn’t allowed onto the river itself at that point, walk round the corner and re join the path. As you continue you get excellent views of the colleges , until you reach a bridge you can cross and actually be at the riverside . We sat happily for an hour watching the punts drifting past. Loved it
Written 22 May 2023
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biricz
Toronto18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
Don’t miss this gem; rent a punt or have a gorgeous man punt one for you and explain the history. It doesn’t take more than an hour and worth every penny. Why not bring a bottle of wine/can of beer and some strawberries for the full experience. You’ll never want it to end
Written 5 January 2020
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Sally G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We were going to try to do a walk along the backs but at the last minute decided to take one of the guided punt trips instead; and I'm very glad we did. The local guide was very knowledgeable and we definitely saw and learnt alot more than we would have done on the limited accessible footpaths. As it was a freezing November morning the river was not busy but the blankets provided kept us warm. Would recommend.
Written 12 December 2023
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SuzyDais
Warrington, UK270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
This was recommended by a friend who lives in Cambridge. Suggestion was to look at unis from the front. Visit the corpus clock (amazing!) then turn right, over the bridge (watched the punting). Follow gravel path to the right. The unis from the back are like stately homes! Absolutely fantastic.
Written 16 September 2020
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Paul J
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We decided to visit the backs today, but found public access wasn't allowed to most colleges on the backs. A wasted journey, however a trip around the town made up for it. Before you travel make sure the colleges are allowing access to the backs
Written 12 September 2023
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Rachel H
Birmingham, UK809 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Wander round the backs of the colleges, fabulous views of the buildings and gardens.
At the right time of year there are lots of daffodils.
The paths are grit, not tarmac, so get very puddly in rain and can be quite muddy so not always suitable for wheelchairs.
Written 16 February 2020
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essexgran2016
Essex, UK267 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
The Backs, highly photographed, seemingly wonderful!
However NOT if your on foot, the photos give the impression that you can walk along the pathways.
YOU CAN'T!
Not being physically able to board a Punt, like myself, means the only view of the Backs you will get is from a footbridge.
And then ONLY if the College Porters allow you to pass through
MOST DON'T.
It would seem that the "footpaths" shown on the Tourist Maps, are not PUBLIC FOOTPATHS.
The paths along the Backs and the Footbridges are the Colleges property and therefore NOT accessible to the General Public.
Written 15 May 2014
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sheepygold
london5,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Solo
I would thoroughly recommend walking 'The Backs'. You get free views of many of the colleges and lovely river views. If you have the time and money take a punt of course but this is a great alternative. I would suggest starting your walk from behind Trinity Hall taking Garrett Hostel Lane to The Backs then heading South to Silver Street for a view of the Mathematical Bridge before heading South again along the Cam to the meadows - Lammas Land and Sheeps Green. Try and find the Granta Pub on Queen's Road near Darwin College which provides decent beer and lovely views over Sheep's Green.
Written 10 September 2016
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