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The Backs, Cambridge

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Bask in the tranquility of this picturesque area situated by the River Cam. Walk alongside the river or take part in the traditional Cambridge activity of punting. You can rent a punt yourself or take a guided tour. Alternatively, sit with a picnic and watch other people meander down the river. The Backs is located parallel to the back of several University of Cambridge colleges, giving it its name. Bring your camera with you and photograph the grand architecture of the buildings. The area can get very muddy, so wear robust shoes if you plan on going on a walk. With our online itinerary creator, Cambridge attractions like The Backs can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • A picturesque area to the east of Queen's Road, behind or to “the Backs” of the university such as St John's, Trinity College, Clare College and King's etc. It’s a picturesque grounds of lawns and... 
    A picturesque area to the east of Queen's Road, behind or to “the Backs” of the university such as St John's, Trinity College, Clare College and King's etc. It’s a picturesque grounds of lawns and...  more »
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  • Lovely place to come for walks, good views of the universities and the river Cam itself. You can explore lots of historical areas from this area. Very little amounts of litter and not too busy either.
  • Lovely, calm place for an evening stroll. I went with my family and thoroughly enjoyed the peacefulness here. You do get quite a lot of tourists during the day, with most coaches stopping here, but come the evening it is a beautiful, scenic place for walks. The view of the colleges is unique, nowhere else globally is quite like it, and overall a wonderful place to spend an evening.

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