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Take a romantic canal boat holiday for two this Valentine’s

January 2, 2013

Cosy double berths, wood burning stoves, frosty towpaths and still moorings make canals the perfect romantic hideaway. A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising and luxury boats for two, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own ‘love boat’! Once afloat, light the on-board wood-burning stove and cuddle […]

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Visit the Montgomery Canal

December 20, 2012

Although only seven miles of this incredibly beautiful and remote canal is currently navigable, a narrowboat holiday along The Monty is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. Once derelict, the Montgomery Canal reverted back to nature so well that much of it has become a haven for rare plants and animals and some sections have been […]

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We lost two decades in a Midlands Canal

December 19, 2012

…Stan Cullimore took his parents on a canal boat holiday with Drifters from our Wootton Wawen base last September.  Here’s what he wrote about it in the Mail on Sunday, published 16 December 2012. When I was a child, our family holidays always seemed to involve walking, camping or cycling.  My parents, Don and Vera, […]

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DRIFTERS TOP 10 CANAL BOAT HOLIDAYS FOR 2013

November 26, 2012

Take a one-way trip through the Pennines…One of the great canal journeys this takes you across the backbone of England and through the heart of West Riding, in scenery varying from the timeless calm of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal summit to the hubbub of Leeds waterfront.  Highlights: the Stanley Ferry aqueducts; Leeds waterfront and […]

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All Aboard a 12 berth Canal Boat!

November 21, 2012

A canal boat holiday on a boat that sleeps 12 people is a great way to bring family or friends together for an adventure afloat. It’s also cost effective, with 12 berth canal boat hire prices starting at less than £12 per person per night. Enjoy dinner parties afloat, get-togethers in waterside pubs, taking it […]

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ROUTES PUBLISHED FOR 2013 HOTEL BOAT HOLIDAYS

November 13, 2012

Flagships, a collection of small family-run hotel boat businesses, has published it 2013 journeys – offering the choice of over 75 narrowboat holidays. Hotel boating on the canals offers all the benefits of a relaxing cruise on Britain’s beautiful inland waterways, with the catering and navigating chores taken out of it.  Singletons, couples, families or […]

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‘Taking the family afloat’ by Stan Cullimore

November 8, 2012

Waterways World Magazine November 2012 Stan Cullimore once found fame as the guitarist in ‘80s pop group the Housemartins. Now, having swapped his ‘Caravan of Love’ for a 62ft narrowboat, he is introducing his children, grandchildren and newly-acquired puppy to the waterways with a canal boat holiday, starting from Drifters base on the Grand Union […]

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Celebrate Christmas Afloat

October 31, 2012

A canal boat holiday offers a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving you the chance to enjoy cosy evenings afloat, trips to waterside pubs with roaring log fires, frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. Our narrowboats are fully equipped with […]

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FILMS MADE ON THE CANALS…take a canal boat holiday and follow in the wake of the stars!

October 23, 2012

  From romantic waterside encounters to gritty urban scenes, Britain’s canals and rivers have featured in many movies and television shows over the years. To celebrate this, Drifters Waterway Holidays (www.drifters.co.uk) has put together a list of some of its favourite waterway starring moments and listed the closest canal boat hire bases: • The World […]

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Lazy days just messing about on the water

October 22, 2012

  …Stan Cullimore and his family enjoyed a week’s canal boat holiday from Bath (story published in The Bristol Post’s Weekend magazine, 5 October 2012). When I booked to go on a narrowboat holiday I expected to see canals and locks and ducks bobbing about in the water. But one thing I did NOT expect […]

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