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Camboats mainly works on the River Cam, running boat trips from Jesus Green Lock in Cambridge and The Plough pud, Fen Ditton Marina, with extended trip from Cambridge to Ely.

See the Rivermap for the main cruise routes area.

Jesus Lock

Frequent cruises timetabled cruises start at Jesus Green Lock by the swimming pool down-stream of the lock, or the 'duck steps' upstream of the lock. Other pick up points can include the Fort St George pub, Water Lane towpath parking (old Penny Ferry site now 'Reflections' car parking bays) and The Plough pub, Fen Ditton Marina.

In the first instance please use the enquiries page, alternatively email us for initial requests for spaces on a public cruise or a group charter booking.  If traveling on the day contact us via the onboard mobile 07706 734763

Camboats operate throughout the year. Please see sign boards and leaflets at The Plough or visit the updates page for details of special events

Rosie is open sided, so please wrap up as weather dictates.

Fort St George

The River Cam has been navigable since (at least) Roman times. Mentions of it were made throughout the Middle Ages including the types of cargo carried – corn being the main export with building materials coming in to serve the growing university town of Cambridge. Before the 1200’s, the navigable river ran from the centre of Cambridge in a northerly direction to Ely. Further north it met the River Great Ouse and the combined waters became the Wellstream, heading northwest to Wisbech and then into the sea.

The River Cam runs just over 14 miles, from Cambridge to the junction with the River Ouse at Popes Corner. There are also four navigable tributaries. At certain times of the year, regattas and races affect much of the river between Baits Bite Lock and Victoria Bridge. Information on planned events can be found at

The river, the riverbank and its flora and fauna

Ducks, swans and moorhens are a common sight, but you might also see the occasional kingfisher. Dragonflies and damselflies proliferate along Granchester meadows, and there are signs of otters and water voles. Along the Halingway there are nearly 900 willows, thought to be the longest and most consistently managed line of pollards in the county. They support some 160 recorded species of invertebrates, 20 of which are nationally rare.

In the past pollution was a problem but in recent years there have been few incidents of fish mortality and the density of fish stocks is high.
See Cambridge Fish Preservation & Angling Society

Jesus Green Lock to Ely

Jesus Lock is as far as motorised craft are allowed to navigate for most of the year. The bylaw restricting access above Jesus Lock applies from 1st April to 31st October, which coincides with the main punting season. Normally Rosie cruises on the downstream section of river between Jesus Lock and Baits Bite Lock.

Although Ely is under 30 minutes from Cambridge by road or rail, the river trip takes around over 5 hours one way, going through 2 locks on the way.


Public Houses / Hotels / Restaurants on the River

Arundel House Hotel
Chesterton Road, Cambridge
Telephone: 01223 367701

Overlooking the Cam and opposite Jesus Green, the Arundel House Hotel has been formed from a terrace of fine late nineteenth century Victorian houses.

Arundel House Hotel

Fort St George
Midsummer Common, Chesterton
Telephone: 01223 354327

Fort St. George is lapped on one side by the waters of the Cam and on the other by the beautiful Midsummer Common. Fort St George enjoys a curious kind of rural peace that fools one into thinking that the bustle of the town is miles rather than minutes’ walk away. It may be the oldest pub on the River Cam and offers pub grub, from the burgers, scampi and chips variety up to a restaurant standard menu.

Green Dragon

With its beer garden situated next to the river, this picturesque pub is in a pleasant location.

The Plough
Green End, Fen Ditton

Telephone: 01223 293264

The Plough pub occupies a stunning bank-side position. This is a Mitchells and Butler operation which caters for those who wish to eat as well as casual drinkers. Superb riverside beer garden.  An excellent spot to watch 'the bumps' rowing races

Five Miles from Anywhere
Nature Reserve Wicken Fen

Five Miles from Anywhere is situated in large grounds, (4.5 acres) on the River Cam

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