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The River Cam
River Cam
is the main river flowing through Cambridge
Cambridge
in eastern England. After leaving Cambridge, it flows north and east into the Great Ouse to the south of Ely at Pope's Corner. The Great Ouse connects the Cam to the North Sea
North Sea
at King's Lynn: The total distance from Cambridge
Cambridge
to the sea is about 40 mi (64 km) and is navigable for punts, small boats, and rowing craft. The Great Ouse also connects to England's canal system via the Middle Level Navigations and the River Nene. In total, the Cam runs for around 69 kilometres (43 mi) from its furthest source (near Debden in Essex) to its confluence with the Great Ouse.

Contents

1 Name 2 The lower river 3 From Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
and the Backs to Grantchester
Grantchester
(middle & upper river) 4 Tributaries

4.1 Rhee 4.2 Granta 4.3 Other tributaries

5 Literature 6 Use for recreation

6.1 Angling 6.2 Boating

6.2.1 Punting 6.2.2 Canoeing 6.2.3 Powered boating 6.2.4 Rowing 6.2.5 Sailing

6.3 Swimming

7 Navigation 8 Flooding 9 Literature 10 See also 11 Maps 12 References 13 External links

Name[edit] The original name of the river was the Granta and (unusually) its present name derives from the city of Cambridge
Cambridge
(Old English: Grantebrycge) rather than the other way around: After the city's present name developed in Middle English, the river's name was backformed to match. This was not universally applied, however, and the upper stretch of the river continues to be informally known as the Granta. It has been said[1] that the river is the "Granta" above the Silver Street Bridgemap 11 (in Cambridge) and the "Cam" below it. The Rhee tributary is also formally known as the Cam,[2][dubious – discuss] and the Granta has a tributary on its upper stretch also known as the Granta. The Cam has no connection with the much smaller River Cam
River Cam
in Gloucestershire. The lower river[edit]

A Caius eight on the lower river about to be "bumped" by 1st & 3rd Trinity during the May Bumps
May Bumps
rowing races 2005

An organisation called the Conservators of the River Cam
Conservators of the River Cam
was formed in 1702, charged with keeping the river navigable. The Conservators are responsible for the two locks in and north east of Cambridge: Jesus Lockmap 7 and Baits Bite Lock.map 3 The stretch north (downstream) of Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
is sometimes called the lower river.

The River Cam
River Cam
flowing past Stourbridge Common

The stretch between Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
and Baits Bite Lock is much used for rowing. There are also many residential boats on this stretch, their occupants forming a community who call themselves the Camboaters.[3] Navigation on the lowest section of the Cam, below and including Bottisham
Bottisham
Lock,map 2 is the responsibility of the Environment Agency.[4] From Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
and the Backs to Grantchester
Grantchester
(middle & upper river)[edit]

The Backs: King's College chapel and Clare College

The stretch above Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
is sometimes known as the middle river (with the section above the Mill Pond being referred to as the upper river).[5] Between Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
and the Mill Pond,map 12 it passes through the Backsmap 10 below the walls of many of the colleges. This is the section of river most popular with tourists, with its picture-postcard views of elegant bridges, green lawns and graceful willows. This stretch also has the unusual feature of the remains of a submerged towpath: the riverside colleges did not permit barge horses on the Backs, so the beasts waded up the Cam to the mill pulling their loads behind them. Access for mechanically powered boats is prohibited above 'La Mimosa' Pub (at the upstream endmap 8 of Jesus Greenmap 6) between 1 April and 30 September, when the middle and upper river are open only to manually propelled craft. The most common of these are the flat-bottomed punts. Between 1 October and 31 March powered boats are allowed as far as Mill Pool, but few people take advantage of this, as there are very few public mooring places along the Backs, and the river is too narrow and the bridges too low to afford easy passing or turning for many boats.

A punt being pulled up rollers on the slipway between the upper and lower levels of the River Cam
River Cam
near the Mill Pool.

Punts and canoes can be manhandled around the weir above the Mill Pool by means of the rollers, a slipway from lower to upper level. From the Mill Pool and its weir, the river can be followed upstream through Grantchester
Grantchester
meadows to the village of Grantchestermap 14 and Byron's Pool,map 15 where it is fed by many streams. Tributaries[edit] The two principal tributaries of the Cam are the Granta and the Rhee, though both are also known as the Cam.[2] Rhee[edit] The Rhee begins just off the High Street (Ashwell Springs), at Ashwell in Hertfordshire. Running north out of Ashwell, it forms the county boundary between Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
and Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
for around two kilometres, then the boundary between Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
and Cambridgeshire for a further kilometre. At this point its course turns east and from here until it merges with the Granta it forms the parish boundary between a succession of villages, though until it reaches Barrington it remains at a distance of around a kilometre from any settlement of any size.[2] Just after flowing under the Roman Ermine Street, it crosses the avenue of Wimpole Hall
Wimpole Hall
and a few kilometres later it receives the waters of the minor River Mel that runs through Meldreth. It runs along the southern edge of the village of Barrington, where it still powers a water mill known as Bulbeck Mill. At Harston
Harston
it passes Harston
Harston
Mill, the site of a water mill from at least the 11th century until the need for mill died out in the mid-20th century, and the parish church of All Saints.[6] It then touches the eastern edge of the village of Haslingfield
Haslingfield
before joining the Granta at Hauxton Junction.[2] From source to its confluence with the Granta it is 33.2 kilometres (20.6 mi) in length. Granta[edit] Main article: River Granta The longer tributary, the Granta, starts in the parish of Debden to the east the village of Widdington in Essex. After initially running south west to descend from the hills of Uttlesford, it turns north just west of the village of Henham. From there until Great Shelford
Great Shelford
it largely follows the course of the West Anglia Main Line
West Anglia Main Line
railway. Its northward journey passes first through Newport, where it is joined by the streams known as Wicken Water and Debden Water. A couple of miles later it forms a picturesque addition to views of the stately home as it flows past the front of Audley End House, and is also joined by the stream known as Fulfen Slade. It then skirts the edges of a number of villages as it moves into Cambridgeshire, successively Littlebury, Little Chesterford, Great Chesterford, Ickleton, Hinxton, Duxford
Duxford
and Whittlesford, powering a number of water mills along the way. Forming the boundary between Great Shelford
Great Shelford
and Little Shelford, it turns west to flow past Hauxton
Hauxton
to merge with the Rhee a mile south of Grantchester
Grantchester
at Hauxton
Hauxton
Junction.[2] From source to its confluence with the Rhee it is 41.7 kilometres (25.9 mi) in length. Other tributaries[edit] A further tributary, also known as the Granta, runs 10 mi (16 km) from south of Haverhill to join the larger Granta south of Great Shelford. Another minor tributary is Bourn
Bourn
Brook which has its source near the village of Eltisley, 10 mi (16 km) west of Cambridge, running east through Caxton, Bourn
Bourn
and Toft to join the Cam at Byron's Pool. Literature[edit] "The Reeve's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales begins:

At Trumpyngtoun, nat fer fro Cantebrigge, Ther gooth a brook, and over that a brigge, Upon the whiche brook ther stant a melle; And this is verray sooth that I yow telle: A millere was ther dwellynge many a day.

The mill formerly stood by Brasley Bridge on Grantchester
Grantchester
Road. The mill pond is extant and the foundations of the mill can be seen when the water is low.[7] Byron's Pool is named after the poet, Lord Byron, who is reputed to have swum there. It was certainly a bathing place for Rupert Brooke and the Cambridge
Cambridge
neo-Pagans. Brooke used to canoe from Cambridge
Cambridge
to lodgings in Grantchester, which included the Old Vicarage. His homesick poem of 1912 evokes the river:

Oh! there the chestnuts, summer through, Beside the river make for you A tunnel of green gloom, and sleep Deeply above; and green and deep The stream mysterious glides beneath, Green as a dream and deep as death. ... To smell the thrilling-sweet and rotten Unforgettable, unforgotten River-smell, and hear the breeze Sobbing in the little trees. Say, do the elm-clumps greatly stand Still guardians of that holy land? The chestnuts shade, in reverend dream, The yet unacademic stream?

—"The Old Vicarage, Grantchester", Collected Poems (1916)[8] One of Brooke's contemporaries, Gwen Darwin, later Raverat, grew up in the old mill by the Mill Pond. Her book, Period Piece, is a memoir of a childhood messing about on the river. The mill house is now part of Darwin College.

Darwin College seen across the Mill Pond

Children's author Philippa Pearce, who lived in Great Shelford
Great Shelford
until her death in December 2006, featured the Cam in her books, most notably Minnow on the Say. The river is renamed the River Say, with Great and Little Shelford
Little Shelford
becoming Great and Little Barley, and Cambridge
Cambridge
becoming "Castleford" (not to be confused with the real town of the same name in West Yorkshire). River Cam
River Cam
is referred to as "Camus, reverend Sire" in line 103 of John Milton's pastoral elegy Lycidas. Edward King, in whose memory the elegy was composed, was a fellow student at Cambridge. Use for recreation[edit]

Mathematical Bridge
Mathematical Bridge
connects Queen's College with the President's Lodge at Cambridge.

The confluence of the Cam (left) and the Great Ouse at Pope's Corner

Like many rivers, the Cam is extensively used for several forms of recreational activity. These include angling, swimming and various kinds of boating.

Some participants of the annual cardboard boat race on Suicide Sunday 2012.

Angling[edit] The water is not murky and is clean enough from its source to its confluence with the Great Ouse to support fish. The fishing rights on the west bank are leased annually to the Cambridge
Cambridge
Fish Preservation and Angling Society.[9] The Cam below Bottisham
Bottisham
Sluice may still hold burbot, a fish thought to be extinct in English waters since the early 1970s.[10] The last known burbot caught in Britain was in 1969, on the Cam, and in 2010 a fisherman reported spotting two in the Great Ouse.[11] Above Hinxton
Hinxton
and Great Chesterford
Great Chesterford
the river holds a stock of wild brown trout, though it is also stocked by the Audley Fly Fishers club and other angling societies who own the rights. Boating[edit] All boats require a navigation licence[12] from either the Conservators of the River Cam
Conservators of the River Cam
or the Environment Agency. There are public moorings just below Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
on both sides of the river and on the western bank just north of the bridge at Clayhithe (both with a maximum stay of 48 hours), and unofficial moorings on the railings adjoining Riverside in Cambridge
Cambridge
(unlimited stay, but usually fully occupied) which are under review by Cambridge
Cambridge
City Council and likely to be reduced to eight or nine formalised residential moorings, or removed altogether.[13] The moorings on the commons in Cambridge (Jesus Green, Midsummer Commonmap 5 and Stourbridge Common) are reserved by the City Council for holders of its long-term mooring permits. There are also some privately owned moorings. There is a public slipway next to the garden of the Green Dragon pub in Water Street, Chesterton.map 4 This is occasionally used for launching small boats. Punting[edit] Punting is the most popular form of boating on the stretch of the river between Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
and Grantchester. Several of the colleges own punts, and they can also be hired from various companies, either with or without a person to operate them. The colleges and at least one private operator also own punts which are available for members of the public to travel on. Canoeing[edit] Canoeing
Canoeing
and kayaking, both recreational and competitive, are popular at all times of year, especially on the section above the Mill Pond towards Grantchester. Both Cambridge
Cambridge
Canoe Club (on Sheep's Greenmap 13) and Cambridge
Cambridge
University Canoe Club (just upstream from Newnham) are based here. Powered boating[edit] Powered boats may navigate as far upstream as La Mimosa restaurant (next to Jesus Green) all year round, and as far as the Mill Pool between 1 October and 31 March.[14] Rowing[edit]

Swimming in the River Cam
River Cam
near Grantchester
Grantchester
Meadows

The lower river between Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
and Baits Bite Lock is the training and racing home of the Cambridge
Cambridge
University Combined Boat Clubs' university and college, and the Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Rowing Association's town, rowing teams. The Cambridge
Cambridge
Lent, May and Town Bumps rowing races, where boats set off at regular intervals, and the object is to catch and touch (that is, 'bump') the boat in front, are held here.[15] Sailing[edit] The Cam Sailing Club was founded in 1899. It is based at Clayhithe near Waterbeach
Waterbeach
and organises sailing races most weekends between March and November.[16] Swimming[edit] The local swimming club's annual swim from the Mill pond to Jesus Green was cancelled for some years in the past because of higher pollution levels.[citation needed] Swimming on the upper river is popular in the summer, and people bathe at Grantchester
Grantchester
Meadows all year round. Hardy bathers take part in the New Year's Day swim. Navigation[edit]

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River Cam

Legend

River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
(to Denver)

Popes Corner

Popes Corner Marina

B1514 Dimmock's Cote bridge

Pumping Station

Upware Marina

Reach Lode and lock

Tiptree Marina

Swaffham Lode and lock

Shrubb's Wharf

Bottisham
Bottisham
Lode

Bottisham
Bottisham
lock and sluice

London & Cambridge
Cambridge
Junction Canal (never built)

Clayhithe Road bridge

Baits Bite Lock and weir

A14

Fen Line

Green Dragon Bridge

Riverside Bridge

A1134 Queen Elizabeth Way Bridge

Cutter Ferry Bridge

Fort St. George bridge

Victoria bridge

Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
Footbridge

Jesus Lock
Jesus Lock
and weir

Magdalene Bridge

Bridge of Sighs (Cambridge)

Kitchen Bridge

Trinity College Bridge

Garret Hostel Bridge

Clare Bridge

King's College Bridge

Mathematical Bridge

Silver Street

Mill pool and weir

Punt rollers

Darwin College Bridges

Crusoe Bridge

A1134 / Fen Causeway

Footbridge (left) and Sheep's Green Bridge

Brasley Bridge

Weir

Byron's Pool

M11 motorway

Bourn
Bourn
Brook

River Cam
River Cam
or Granta

River Cam
River Cam
or Rhee

from source

Cambridge
Cambridge
had been an inland port due to its location on the River Cam prior to the draining of the Fens. As the university colleges rose in importance, the course of the river through the town, known as the Backs, was moved further to the east to accommodate their new buildings. A report conducted in 1618 by Richard Atkyns highlighted the problems caused by sandbanks above Clayhithe and watermills obstructing navigation. An order made by the parliamentary Committee of the Association in 1643 regulated use of the river for trade, but the biggest change was the construction of Denver Sluice on the River Great Ouse, which reduced river levels on the lower river as tidal waters were excluded from the Ouse. Both the university and the Corporation of Cambridge
Cambridge
complained to parliament in 1697 that the trade route to the town from King's Lynn
King's Lynn
had been severely impaired.[17] In 1699, the Corporation sought to obtain an Act of Parliament
Act of Parliament
which would allow them to improve the river from Clayhithe to Queens Mill at Cambridge.[17] This was obtained on 27 February 1702[18] and created the Conservators of the River Cam, a legal body with authority to charge tolls for use of the river, which ranged from four shillings (20p) a ton for wine to one penny (0.4p) per person for passengers. The Conservators, of which there were a maximum of eleven, had powers to mortgage the tolls, in order to raise capital for improvements to the river immediately. This they did, and built sluices at Jesus Green, Chesterton, Baits Bite and Clayhithe. Most of the tolls were collected at Clayhithe.[17] Prior to 1722, Denver sluice had been destroyed, and although Cambridge
Cambridge
Corporation opposed its reconstruction, it was rebuilt by 1750. The river entered a period of steady profitability, with toll receipts rising from £432 in 1752 to over £1,000 by 1803. In 1835 they peaked at £1,995, and then declined slightly until 1846. The Convervators also raised some revenue from rents on the public houses which they owned adjacent to each of the sluices.[17] Another Act of Parliament was obtained on 21 July 1813[18] which allowed the Conservators to alter the tolls and charge penalties, while the South Level Act of 1827 created Commissioners who had responsibility for the river below Bottisham. This act also appointed the vice-chancellor of the university and the mayor as navigation commissioners. The Conservators built locks at Baits Bite and Bottisham, and removed the sluice at Chesterton.[17] The river was sufficiently profitable that the Conservators were able to contribute £400 towards the cost of rebuilding the Great Bridge, now called the Magdalene Bridge,map 9 in 1823, and a further £300 for the rebuilding of the Small Bridge, now Silver Street Bridge, in 1841. A year later they constructed a house at Clayhithe, which cost £880, and included a large room for meetings and banquets. Just three years later the Eastern Counties Railway
Eastern Counties Railway
reached Cambridge, and the navigation declined rapidly. Receipts dropped from £1,393 in 1846 to £367 in 1850, and were just £99 in 1898. Most commercial carrying on the river had stopped by World War I, although Banhams operated two steam tugs and three barges until the late 1930s, carrying gas water from Cambridge
Cambridge
Gasworks to King's Lynn, where it was used in the manufacture of fertiliser. The last recorded passenger services had ceased nearly 100 years earlier, in 1839 and were started again in 2008 with the passenger vessel moored on Jesus Green.[17] Traffic using the river today consists of private cruisers making the journey to Jesus Lock, with the section above Baits Bite lock regularly in use by the University rowing clubs, both for practice and for races. Motorised craft can navigate along the Backs in winter, but headroom is severely restricted. The Conservators of the River Cam
Conservators of the River Cam
now have an office in the former lock-keepers cottage at Baits Bite, while the house at Clayhithe is now the residence of the foreman of the Conservators. The Conservators are still responsible for the river above Bottisham
Bottisham
lock, while the lower river has been managed by the Environment Agency
Environment Agency
since its creation in 1995.[15] The three locks are all of different sizes. Bottisham
Bottisham
and Baits Bite locks are both fully automated, with a vertical guillotine gate at the upstream end and traditional mitre gates at the downstream end. Jesus lock is manually operated, and has mitre gates at both ends. Boat sizes are restricted to 96.8 ft (29.5 m) by the length of Bottisham
Bottisham
lock, and to 14 ft (4.3 m) by the width of Baits Bite lock. Jesus lock is only 9.7 ft (3.0 m) wide.[19] The navigable lodes of Reach, Swaffham Bulbeck
Swaffham Bulbeck
and Bottisham, the last of which is no longer navigable, can be reached from the River Cam. Flooding[edit]

The Cam (left) flooding parts of Stourbridge Common (right), 23 October 2001. Looking east from Green Dragon Bridge.

The Cam is normally a placid river but flooding does occasionally happen. The most recent serious floods were in 2001, first in February and again on 22–23 October.[20] Further serious flooding occurred in February 2009. The Environment Agency
Environment Agency
is responsible for managing water levels and issuing flood warnings for the entire river. Literature[edit]

Franz X. Bogner & Stephen P. Tomkins: The Cam. An Aerial Portrait of the Cambridge
Cambridge
River. Laber Foundation, 2015. ISBN 978-0-9932642-0-7 (http://www.cambridgeriver.info/).

See also[edit]

UK Waterways portal

Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap · Google Maps

Download coordinates as: KML · GPX

List of bridges in Cambridge Jesus Green
Jesus Green
Swimming Pool List of rivers of the United Kingdom

Maps[edit]

^map 1 Pope's Corner, 52°20′53.79″N 000°15′09.04″E / 52.3482750°N 0.2525111°E / 52.3482750; 0.2525111 (01 - Pope's Corner) ^map 2 Bottisham
Bottisham
Lock, 52°16′7″N 0°12′32″E / 52.26861°N 0.20889°E / 52.26861; 0.20889 (02 - Bottisham Lock) ^map 3 Baits Bite Lock, 52°14′11″N 0°10′28″E / 52.23639°N 0.17444°E / 52.23639; 0.17444 (03 - Baits Bite Lock) ^map 4 Chesterton, 52°13′02.50″N 000°08′44.50″E / 52.2173611°N 0.1456944°E / 52.2173611; 0.1456944 (04 - Chesterton) ^map 5 Midsummer Common, 52°12′36.61″N 000°07′54.67″E / 52.2101694°N 0.1318528°E / 52.2101694; 0.1318528 (05 - Midsummer Common) ^map 6 Jesus Green, 52°12′47.67″N 000°07′23.12″E / 52.2132417°N 0.1230889°E / 52.2132417; 0.1230889 (06 - Jesus Green) ^map 7 Jesus Lock, 52°12′46″N 0°7′15″E / 52.21278°N 0.12083°E / 52.21278; 0.12083 (07 - Jesus Lock) ^map 8 Upstream end of Jesus Green, 52°12′36.49″N 000°07′00.98″E / 52.2101361°N 0.1169389°E / 52.2101361; 0.1169389 (08 - Upstream end of Jesus Green) ^map 9 River Cam
River Cam
at Cambridge, near Magdalene College, 52°12′35.42″N 000°06′59.39″E / 52.2098389°N 0.1164972°E / 52.2098389; 0.1164972 (09 - River Cam
River Cam
at Cambridge, near Magdalene College) ^map 10 The Backs, 52°12′15.73″N 000°06′50.54″E / 52.2043694°N 0.1140389°E / 52.2043694; 0.1140389 (10 - The Backs) ^map 11 Silver Street Bridge, 52°12′06.77″N 000°06′55.27″E / 52.2018806°N 0.1153528°E / 52.2018806; 0.1153528 (12 - Silver Street Bridge) ^map 12 Mill Pond, 52°12′05.75″N 000°06′55.87″E / 52.2015972°N 0.1155194°E / 52.2015972; 0.1155194 (11 - Mill Pond) ^map 13 Sheep's Green, 52°11′45.7″N 000°07′00.0″E / 52.196028°N 0.116667°E / 52.196028; 0.116667 (13 - Sheep's Green) ^map 14 Grantchester, 52°10′44.04″N 000°05′42.00″E / 52.1789000°N 0.0950000°E / 52.1789000; 0.0950000 (14 - Grantchester) ^map 15 Byron's Pool, 52°10′16.20″N 000°05′53.83″E / 52.1711667°N 0.0982861°E / 52.1711667; 0.0982861 (15 - Byron's Pool)

References[edit]

^ Bedders, Bulldogs and Bedells: A Cambridge
Cambridge
Glossary, (1995), Frank Stubbings, Cambridge
Cambridge
University Press, ISBN 978-0-5214-7978-3, p. 19 ^ a b c d e Ordnance Survey of Great Britain. 1:25000 ^ Camboaters Community Association ^ Environment Agency
Environment Agency
- River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
Archived 27 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Cam conservancy notices". Retrieved 20 September 2008.  ^ "Water Milling". Harston
Harston
History.  ^ W. E. Dring (1974). " Grantchester
Grantchester
Road, Byron's Pool and the River Cam". Trumpington Local History Group. Retrieved 29 September 2010.  ^

The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke
Rupert Brooke
at Project Gutenberg

^ Conservators of the River Cam
Conservators of the River Cam
-- fishing ^ UK Biodiversity Action Plan, Burbot
Burbot
Archived 28 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 10 January 2009 ^ 'Extinct' burbot spotted in River Eden and Great Ouse ^ Conservators of the River Cam
Conservators of the River Cam
-- boat registration ^ http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/documents/s25013/Update%20on%20Riverside%20Moorings%20-%20Final.pdf ^ See official guidance note: http://media.wix.com/ugd/79067b_54a28aa23ea14549ad8c8888eacc1d44.pdf ^ a b The River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
and tributaries, (2006), Andrew Hunter Blair, Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson, ISBN 978-0-85288-943-5 ^ Cam Sailing Club Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b c d e f The Canals of Eastern England, (1977), John Boyes and Ronald Russell, David and Charles, ISBN 978-0-7153-7415-3 ^ a b Joseph Priestley, (1831), Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers, Canals, and Railways, of Great Britain ^ Cam Conservators, Lock Dimensions, accessed 25 May 2009 ^ Photographs of the October 2001 Cam floods on the Cambridge
Cambridge
2000 site

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to River Cam.

Conservators of the River Cam First and Third Trinity Boat Club
First and Third Trinity Boat Club
guide to the Cam Cambridge
Cambridge
Fish Preservation and Angling Society History of the River Cam
River Cam
(on the Camboaters website)

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