Trinity Hall, Cambridge – View From Clare College


The Backs is the name for a stretch of road and footpaths and greenery where several colleges of the University of Cambridge back on to the River Cam.

Their grounds stretch across both banks of the river and there are various public and private footpaths that cut through to the middle of the town to the east.

This particular view is from the bridge over the river Cam that leads into Clare College and it is a view of Trinity College and the bridge over Garret Hostel Lane.

The bridge on Garret Hostel Lane is humpbacked and dangerous because some cyclists speed up the approach so that they can get over the hump. When they crest the rise at speed they are a menace to pedestrians.

The Photo

I took it with my iPhone using the HDR option in ProCamera. I am never sure what the result is going to be when I take a photo using the HDR option.

Sometimes it creates this pastel look that reminds me of a Vermeer. Of course, the architecture helps in this photo.

Sometimes the shots are rich and moody, like this view inside a chapel at one of the colleges. The musical instrument case attracted my attention – there was a group of musicians practising in the chapel.



  1. So gorgeous: the ancient panels, the figured marbles, the brooding light. I only wish that I could smell their scents as well…


    1. And hear musicians at play; )


      1. Oh Architecture, how I love thee!


        1. We moved here in December and with so much to do, I am only just getting the feel for the place. There are a couple of small streets that wind down from the town centre and suddenly you are in this other world. It is quite magical.

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