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!