Watching the Bumps

Spectators are encouraged to come down and lend their support to crews from their college. You may find the map of the River Cam useful.

How to get there

The Bumps course is downstream of the start of the towpath along the northern side of the river at Chesterton - the former pub (Pike and Eel) there has been demolished and is a building site. The Plough pub, in the village of Fen Ditton on the other bank, is also a popular vantage point, as many bumps occur around Grassy Corner and Ditton Corner. At the pub a river crossing service is available for spectators and race officials and participants between The Plough and the towpath. This service is run by Camboats with profits going to charity. 

Notice from the Clerk to Fen Ditton Parish Council: 

As in past years, we welcome spectators to Fen Ditton and will open the Recreation Ground on Church Street for parking (CB5 8SX for SatNavs). The Ground will be open from 12.30pm to 9pm on Friday and from 10am to 8pm on Saturday. If fine weather is forecast on the Wednesday and/or Thursday the Ground will be open from 12.30pm to 9pm.

Parking is organised by volunteers and we ask for contributions of £5 per car. Proceeds from the parking go towards a fund for developing the parish. Keeping parked cars off our narrow roads helps health and safety and the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Please note that parking will not be allowed in High Street, Church Street, Stanbury Close or Green End due to the need for emergency access.

Parking on Osier Holt and Ditton Meadows is by invitation only.

Visitors arranging a taxi pick up in the hour after the last race on Saturday are encouraged to arrange collection at the War Memorial by the Church on the High Street (CB5 8ST). This will avoid being delayed in Church Street and Green End.

It is hoped that you have an enjoyable visit to Fen Ditton to watch the Bumps. Your contribution and consideration are greatly appreciated.

The Control Desk is located at the start of the towpath - simply find your way to this point, and carry on walking down the towpath (the entire course is approximately 2.6km):


Spectators are reminded that the towpath during Bumps is very busy, and for safety reasons, all cyclists must be in possession of a valid bank pass. Bank passes for crews are available from your boatclub's captain. Bank parties are limited to four cyclists per crew, and runners are not permitted.


Note that use of megaphones by bank parties is strictly forbidden during racing for coaching or giving distances, but boatmen and coaches may use them to give instructions to crews facing potentially dangerous situations.

Bumps Programmes

Bumps Programmes are available to purchase from the CUCBC Control Desk and the Plough pub during Bumps. The programmes detail the course, race times, crew lists and start order.

Cam FM - 97.2

Cam FM provide live commentary for the Bumps on 97.2 FM and online, and have a frequently updated Bumps mini-site. They are also providing podcasts of the race commentaries, available for download in MP3 format.

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