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Gliding through London on a Narrowboat

July 27, 2012

By Jamie Rich, published 20 July 2012 Twenty miles, 12 locks and two pints into our boat trip through central London, we needed a cozy place to moor for the night. We were motoring through the murky waters of Limehouse Cut, a small section of the vast canal network that striates the city, a metropolitan […]

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Take a Canal Boat Holiday to Birmingham

July 9, 2012

Boasting more canals than Venice (56km to be precise), Birmingham is a popular destination for narrowboat holiday-makers, with plenty of visitor moorings available in heart of the city. The City’s key attractions include: The Mailbox and Bullring shopping centres; the Sea Life Centre at Brindley Place; Cadbury World; Birmingham Science Museum; the Jewellery Quarter; Ikon […]

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See Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Illuminated

July 8, 2012

To celebrate the launch of the new charity to run the waterways in England and Wales – The Canal & River Trust (Glandwr Cymru) – Wrexham County Borough Council is hosting a light and music spectacular at the World Heritage Status Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on Thursday 12 July 2012. The World famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct will be […]

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Hotel boats on the canals

July 8, 2012

Hotel boating offers all the benefits of a relaxing cruise on Britain’s beautiful inland waterways, with the catering and navigating chores taken out of it. It’s the perfect antidote to busy jobs and frenetic lives, plus a great opportunity to make new friends. There are a variety hotel canal boat holidays to choose from, including […]

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Pennine One-way trips – available all season

June 26, 2012

Drifters offers new one-way canal boat holidays Drifters Waterway Holiday bases at Stretton on the North Oxford Canal near Rugby and Stockton on the Grand Union Canal close to Braunston have teamed up to offer some new one-way trips in June and July. The collaboration gives narrowboat holiday-makers the chance to see more of the […]

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Visit the Llangollen Eisteddfod by Canal Boat

June 21, 2012

The 66th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals, takes place from 3-8 July 2012 and is easily accessible from the Llangollen Canal. So why not combine a canal boat holiday with a trip to the Eisteddfod? The Eisteddfod has been staged at Llangollen since 1947.  Each year over 4,000 […]

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Drifters attends Braunston Historic Boat Rally

June 21, 2012

Drifters canal boat hire operator Rose Narrowboats will be at the 2012 Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival (23-24 June) showcasing its 60ft long, eight-berth boat Cascade. Over 80 historic boats will gather at this year’s Historic Boat Rally, held annually at Braunston Marina. The event, which raises money for the canals and local […]

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UK canal boat holiday: A first-time family narrowboat cruise

June 20, 2012

By Neil Tweedie, Daily Telegraph 16 June 2012 A 40-mile trip on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal gives a family of first-time barge-dwellers plenty of excitement at the tiller, occasional moments of calm and an eye for a waterside pub. There are, as far as one knows, no U-boats operating in the Worcester and Birmingham […]

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Visit an Edinburgh Festival by Canal Boat

June 13, 2012

Edinburgh, the world’s Festival City, is a delightful 12 hour cruise along the Union Canal from Drifters’ base at Falkirk. Once in Edinburgh, there are centrally located moorings in Edinburgh Quay, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street. So why not take a canal boat holiday this summer and enjoy an Edinburgh Festival at the […]

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Enjoy the Breacon Beacons Afloat

June 13, 2012

The beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, which celebrated its bicentenary this year, meanders its way through the Brecon Beacons National Park for 36 miles, offering a fantastic canal boat holiday. Isolated from the main canal network, the canal is quieter than others and arguably one of the most picturesque, with diverse scenery and glorious views […]

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