Like the gondolas, one person pokes a stick along the river bed to push a boat along. Students and tourists were punting along the river which winds through Oxford, which looked quite fun. I had been on one in Cambridge which included a history of the colleges and where the river was wider. Here the river was quite narrow and this group almost crashed into each other after the photo was taken. It's no easy task for the punter! There was a bit of a current too so some skill was required to navigate against the flow and around the bends.