Reopening and safety

Reopening, what it means to you and how to book punting on the River Cam

How we're operating

We want to make sure it’s as easy and as safe as possible for you to enjoy the pleasure of punting and the sights of Cambridge that we’ve all missed. To ensure that, we've reopened our sites with adapted opening hours and reduced capacity.

Which services are open?

  • Our Boatyard punt station is open for pre-booked self-hire punts on the Upper River in the direction of Grantchester only.

  • Our Mill Lane and Quayside punt stations are open for private and shared chauffeured tours along the College Backs.

Do I need to pre-book?

  • For our self-hire punts we’ve introduced an advanced booking system here on our website

  • For our private chauffeured tours we accept bookings here on our website, over the phone or at our kiosk.

  • For our shared chauffeured tours you can purchase socially-distanced row of seats directly at our kiosk.

Which services are still closed?

  • College Backs self-hires are not available at the moment. 

  • Our kayaks and canoe rental is also not available at the moment due to the nature of the shared buoyancy aids.

What we are doing differently

  • Requiring visitors to book hire and tour slots in advance to avoid crowding.

  • Allowing no more than 6 persons per group / punt for a self-hire punt and no more than 10 persons per group / punt for a chauffeured tour. For specific household and bubble requirments please check each product's page.

  • Thoroughly sanitising all equipment (boat, cushions, pole and paddle) before and after each use.

  • Implementing designated pedestrian route layouts and signage on site, along with dedicated members of staff to monitor the flow of people.

  • Conducting briefings and hire handover procedures from 2 metres away.



Customer support

Our customer support team is now working remotely, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

If you wish to contact us please email us at enquiries@scudamores.comFacebook Messenger. or on 01223 359 750. Due to the high level of enquiries and daily changes to the global situation please allow at least 24 hours for us to get back to you.



Online bookings are available for tours along the College Backs and Self-Hire towards Grantchester.

If you have any questions contact us at, Facebook Messenger or on 01223 359750.

Email or Call Us: 01223 359750