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Top 7 ghostly going-ons on the waterways

September 22, 2015

With regular ghost sightings, bats and frogs aplenty, creepy tunnels, spooky locks and misty towpaths, Britain’s 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween. From shaggy coated beings to shrieking boggarts, we’ve put together a guide to the spookiest spots: 1. Towpath terrors in West London…between 6pm and 8pm on 31 October, […]

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Picture Perfect – Stan Cullimore’s Mon & Brec Diary

August 28, 2015

Someone once told me that the Monmouth & Brecon is the prettiest stretch of canal in the UK. Hmm. Can’t leave an extravagant claim like that untested. So, Mrs Cullimore and I decided to go and see for ourselves. Test the waters, if you will. We arrived at Goytre Wharf one afternoon and I have […]

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One way journey across the Pennines

August 4, 2015

Starting from Drifters’ base at Sowerby Bridge at the junction of the Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation, this week-long holiday covers 79 miles and 79 locks, and takes around 45 hours. Truly one of the great canal journeys, it takes boaters across the backbone of England via Leeds and Skipton, plus two fantastic waterside galleries, and includes […]

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Top 7 canal boat holidays for beginners

July 22, 2015

With Britain’s inland waterways in better shape than ever, and a series of celebrities endorsing the relaxing benefits of a canal boat holiday on our TV screens, narrowboat holidays are becoming increasingly popular. You don’t have to be an expert and you don’t need a licence to steer a canal boat, so around a fifth […]

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Shire Cruisers Shortlisted for Yorkshire Tourism Award

July 1, 2015

Drifters’ member Shire Cruisers is one of nearly 100 businesses – and the first ever canal boat holiday provider – to be shortlisted for Yorkshire Tourism’s White Rose Awards. Covering 16 categories, the White Rose Awards – the UK’s largest celebration of tourism – include the best Yorkshire attractions, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs. Colin […]

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Our Honeymoon Afloat

June 30, 2015

…Miranda Pennington and Helena Snowden recently Honeymooned on the Kennet & Avon Canal, travelling from Drifters’ base at Hilperton, near Trowbridge in Wiltshire, to Bath and back. Here’s their account: We’ve just returned from the most beautiful and relaxing honeymoon on the Kennet & Avon canal. What an incredible experience for a novice couple – […]

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Top 6 Autumn Breaks Afloat

June 26, 2015

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways. And there are plenty of foraging opportunities along the way – narrowboat holiday-makers can look out for apples, blackberries, elderberries, damsons and sloes and make freshly-picked fruit crumbles on board. Our […]

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Top 10 Summer Holidays on the Canals

June 5, 2015

1. Visit Georgian Bath & find out what the Romans did for us!…on a short break from Drifters’ base at Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, boaters can travel along the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal and reach the centre of the World Heritage City of Bath in seven hours, with just seven locks to negotiate […]

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The Slow Boat to Nowhere in Particular

June 4, 2015

Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson knows a thing or two about taking it easy. But how would his kids cope, trapped on a narrowboat for five days? His review was published in the Sunday Times, 31 May 2015: Ah, what a blissful five days we had in store: pootling along the canals, just the five of us, […]

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Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

May 29, 2015

Ratty’ from ‘Wind in the Willows’, famously pronounced ‘there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’. Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to treat Dads with a fun day out on the water, nourished by a pint and a pub lunch along the way. Drifters offers […]

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