Bryony Symes
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Bryony Symes took a friend and first time caravanner on a recent trip to Cambridge to get a taste of the punting life

It had been well over a year since I first mentioned the idea of taking my friend Geeta on her first caravan holiday, so I wasn't sure she'd still be interested. Especially as I changed the destination; we had originally talked about going to York - it has long been on my bucket list - but I couldn't face the long drive for just a short trip. 

Our second choice of destination turned out to be a great one. Neither of us had ever been to Cambridge, although I've explored my fair share of University towns and cities. In fact, I grew up just 10 miles from Cambridge University's arch rival, Oxford. A fact I wasn't about to shout from the rooftops in Cambridge!

It being Geeta's first ever caravan trip, I was eager to see how she would take to it. I gave her a brief packing list, and made sure to pack my extensive caravan kit so that we were prepared for almost every eventuality. 

We picked up the Adria Altea 472 DS Eden from Eye Kettleby Lakes, where we'd left it the week before after our campsite take-over, and headed across the Midlands to pitch up at Cambridge Cherry Hinton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site. 

Although our trip was short - just two days - we managed to see lots of the city, mostly thanks to the punting tour on the River Cam. It took us through several of the colleges, under famous bridges like the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs, and Josh, who expertly guided the punt through the river, had interesting stories aplenty!

Look out for the full story of our Cambridge explorations in a future issue of the magazine.

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