8th September 2024
Cambridge Backs and City Paddling Tour

Explore the Cambridge Backs on the River Cam showcasing one of Britain's most famous university towns with stunning architecture, winding backwaters, university buildings and plenty of punts as you see the sights.

If you are not able to book this trip then it is at full capacity. Please do contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list or have  group of friends, family or workmates that you wish to book on and we can look at booking a bespoke trip for your group. We run this ever popular trip several times a year.

Dates & Requirements

Next  Trip Dates: 8th September 2024 10:00 - 15.30

We welcome all abilities, you just need to choose between paddling kayak, SUP or canoe.

If you have a group of friends or  club then why not contact us to arrange a private booking.

Trip Description

Visit one of Britains most visited world class destinations with ancicent stone university arches,  buildings and architecture to capture your imagination and heart.  Its a truly breath taking paddling trip, choose from kayak, canoe or SUP to paddle through the city.

We start on the top river away from the Backs and head to a portage where the river bends around to the right in a loop as if you’re paddling around a roundabout. The lower river takes you to the Old Mill and the Granta riverside pubs although we continue onto the backs with Silver Street Bridge first before the more interesting wooden Mathematical Bridge. King’s College Bridge is next, which – you guessed it – leads to King’s College, and is a beautiful stone affair.

Next comes the traditional stone works of Kitchen Bridge and then the iconic covered arch Bridge of Sighs, which dates to around 1831. The final bridge of this part of the Cam is Magdelene Bridge, located alongside Scudamore’s Punting station and quay. Exploring this city scape by river showcases some of Britains finest architecture with towers, yellow stone walls and bridges making it oen of our favourite all time trips.

Make a short break of it by booking our Cambridge City Paddling Trip  along with an overnight stay to visit some of the museums and buildings of the city on the next day.  Visit the British Antarctic Survey Museum or one of our personal favourites the Fitz William Museum grabbing one of Fitz Billies afternoon teas or sticky buns as a reward!

  • Choice of canoe, kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board(SUP)
  • Expert tuition from professional experienced guides who have run expeditions and adventures all over the world
  • Hire of drysuits is available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Craft, BA’s, Cags, Trousers, Helmets, Drybags, Paddles, and safety equipment
What you will need to bring
  • Personal Kit
  • A Sense of Humour!

Note: Itinerary subject to change at any time if deemed necessary by Canoe Trail


Ashley Kenlock

Ash has led expeditions in Canada, Scotland, and some of the other coldest places the world can still offer moving water!

She is is a qualified Level 2 coach UKCC and is also a qualified SUP coach and has over 10 years of paddling experience. She has also completed her canoe leader training.

Experience includes leading trips on iconic rivers and Lochs including Loch Ness, River Wye, Norfolk Broads, and numerous Scottish Rivers.

Calum Steel

Calum is a White Water Kayak Leader, Canoe Leader, and Expedition Leader with 14 Years of Experience in the Outdoors.

He has paddled all over the world, running waterfalls, long distance big-wave sea kayaking, and some of the most dangerous white water in the northern hemisphere.

BASI Level 3 Ski & Snowboard. Scottish born and bred, he has led many canoe and kayak expeditions across Scotland, Greece, and Europe.

Richard Harpham

Richard has completed human-powered adventures all over the world including sea kayaking the channel, 1000 miles from Vancouver to Alaska, canoeing the Yukon River as well as many iconic trips and expeditions closer to home.

Richard has over 30 years experience of in paddling and is a UKCC Level 2 coach, 4-star canoe leader, and has completed his 4-star sea kayak training.


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