Punting in Oxford

If you’ve never visited Oxford before, I strongly urge you to book a trip!

As well as being home to arguably the world’s most famous university, it unsurprisingly has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world, and the city itself would have served as Hitler’s capital if he’d conquered England, which is why it avoided being bombed during Second World War.

Aside from fun facts, it’s also beautiful and one of my favourite cities in the world. There’s no architecture like it anywhere else in the world, it’s home to the quirkiest, cutest shops, cafes, and bars, and you stumble upon some amazing things just walking around.

Take the Radcliffe Camera building, for example…

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And Queens College, one of the prettiest colleges of Oxford University, although you can quite easily spend a day wondering around each of them picking your favourite.

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I visited in the summer and brought a couple of friends along with me – (mental) Matt and Jo. We’d always fancied going punting, so with the sun high in the sky (for a little bit at least), that’s just what we did. Uniform compulsory, of course…

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Ice creams optional.

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Matt took the lead whilst Jo and I chilled in the boat.

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Dodging trees and banks most of the way round the circuit, and only dropping his hat in the water once, much to everyone else’s amusement…

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What can I say, it’s more difficult than it looks!

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But the scenery is pretty lovely, and most people take bottles of champagne to pop midway round.

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You’ll be surprised at how many people you meet!

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Somehow, we made it all the way round within the hour. Time for snacks and a wander round the city. Here’s the Bridge of Sighs, joining two parts of Hertford College. Legend says that a survey was traditionally carried out on the health of the university, and Hertford College students came out as the heaviest. For this reason, the bridge was closed to encourage them to use the stairs instead!

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We stopped off for lattes at the super cute Turl Street Kitchen – pop by for sandwiches and homemade cake if you’re near.

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Oh – and my favourite spot. Head to The Varsity Club for a rooftop view across Oxford. They even have heaters and blankets in the winter if it’s a little chilly for you.

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Oxford, you’re a real gem.

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