Thursday, June 15, 2006

Punting news

Okay folks, here's the lowdown on the punting.

It's waaaaay cheaper to get a punt and a pole and do the work ourselves. So if you wouldn't mind punting a bit, or if you have a big strong friend who would punt us for beer or wool or a modest amount of cash, speak up now.

A 45-minute ride up the Backs would be nine pounds/person if there were 10 of us, or 60 minutes for 11 pounds each. (My keyboard has been reconfigured and I no longer have a pound sign!)

If you want to go toward Grantchester, it would be 270 pounds for a 4-hour return trip -- they'd take us, let us have a picnic or whatever for 90 minutes, and bring us back. Sounds lovely, but unless anyone's won the lottery, I think that's beyond our price range!

To punt ourselves on the Backs, it'd be 16 pounds/hour/punt (so about 2-3 pounds/ person/ hour), and we'd likely have to get 2 smaller punts. Discounts with Leisure cards or Cam cards.

And, if we book soon, we might be able to get a big punt we can all fit in, and it'd be 140 pounds for all day (pick-up before 2 pm, back by 9 pm) and that'd be on the Grantchester route, so we can go as far as we are able, take a picnic, not be hurried, and it's only 14 pounds/person if we punt ourselves!

Leave a comment, and I'll book it this weekend. My vote would be for the 60-minute chauffered trip, or the all-day punt-ourselves big boat, but I am not a great punter and don't actually volunteer to punt much!

They like to get the full payment up front, or at least a 50% deposit. So if you say you are coming, you are also agreeing to pay your share.

Don't let this happen to you!


Anonymous Anne said...

The unrushed trip to Grantchester sounds wonderful, but I'm not a punter, so don't want to force punting on anyone who doesn't want to, so I'd be perfectly happy with the 60 min chauffered instead.

12:00 pm  
Blogger Bagpuss said...

I agree, with anne. The unrushed trip does sound lovely but i am unable to punt due to health reasons and think it unfair that others may feel they have but not really want to. I think the chauffered 60mins is prob best option as we can concentrate on chatting and knitting and not have to worry about punting.

2:55 pm  
Blogger Pig wot flies said...

I love the idea of punting ourselves down to Grantchester too and I'm happy to punt, provided there are other people who can punt too. On the other hand, being chauffered along so we can be ladies (or gentleman) of leisure would be fun and it's a smaller time commitment if anyone's busy.

3:21 pm  
Blogger Mary deB said...

Okay, it looks like it'll be the 60-minute ride. I'll set it up and get back to you all. I think there will be 10 of us.

2:24 pm  

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