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Punting at The Cherwell Boathouse

Punting at The Cherwell Boathouse

Enjoy the quintessential Oxford experience punting on the river Cherwell. With over 70 hand built punts, boats and canoes. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in a beautiful tranquil environment on the river.

  • Address Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST
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12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm 12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm 12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm 12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm 12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm 12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm 12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm

One review of “Punting at The Cherwell Boathouse”


    7th August 2016

    Need to get out and mess about on the water? Cherwell Boathouse is the perfect choice to get away – try punting and soak in the nature on the River Cherwell.

    The rarely seen English summer was on our side as I spent one sunny Sunday morning on the water with two of my friends. The lovely Cherwell Boathouse was a great location for taking a break from the crowded city and for having a wonderful time together. Well, for the one friend who did the punting it was quite exhausting at first but after some practising, everyone on our punt was relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed this very ‘English’ experience.

    You can hire a punt for a maximum of 6 people (age 16+) on weekdays for £16 an hour, £80 for a full day, or at the weekend for £18 an hour or £90 for a full day. You then get your punt, a metal pole, some cushions for the boat and a paddle…just in case!

    At the beginning of our trip we received a briefing to familiarise us with the punting technique. This was rather an essential briefing for us! We had no idea how to punt being from Germany! Stefan soon got the hand of punting and didn’t even come close to falling in…a little disappointing to be honest! It helped that he is something of a giant but don’t let that put you off – punting can be accomplished by all shapes and sizes. I didn’t realise punting was so popular and it’s a definite ‘must do’ when visiting Oxford!

    Because the punts are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, if it’s a sunny day I highly recommend you get to the Boathouse early, as we did. When we arrived back, after about two hours, the place was packed. We went past University Parks down to The Grove near to Magdalen College.

    After punting you can build up quite an appetite (apparently!) so why not book a table at the superb Cherwell Boathouse restaurant….the perfect location to unwind even more after your punting experience.

    Thank you Cherwell Boathouse for a great experience and a perfect day, we really enjoyed it!

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