boating holidays

Narrowboating in Cheshire

Posted by on August 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm

‘Cruising the UK’s canal network is the best way to relax’, says Neil Hudson of the Yorkshire Evening Post after taking a short break canal boat holiday from Drifters’ Anderton base earlier this month… We’re on holiday and doing about 4mph through the outskirts of Manchester. It’s swelteringly hot, the kids have nothing to do […]

Top 7 Autumn Breaks Afloat

Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways, where the colours are dramatically mirrored in the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way during the autumn months, including the arrival of flocks of fieldfare and redwing […]

Top 10 nautical phrases

Posted by on August 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

As we were once a great sea-faring nation, much of our everyday language is peppered with nautical references. We’ve put together our favourite everyday phrases with nautical origins to ‘Chew the Fat’ over on your next adventure afloat: 1. Barge in – barge has two nautical meanings: a flag officer’s boat; or a flat-bottomed workboat […]

Just the tonic for a young family

Posted by on August 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Lydia Gard recently wrote about her canal boat holiday with Drifters in House & Garden Magazine: According to the Water Rat in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, ‘There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boat.’ As a family of sailors – from dinghies to […]

Autumnal Canal Cruising in Worcestershire – it’s a lovely vibe

Posted by on July 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

Go with the flow – step on to a narrowboat and your stresses will melt away like the ripples on the water… wrote Anna Selby in ‘Take A Break’ Magazine earlier this year, following an autumn holiday with Drifters’ member Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays.  Here’s the rest of her article: Picture a rural scene – […]

Top of the Rings

Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys along several different waterways, taking in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with steep flights of locks and long dark tunnels to negotiate. While others, like the Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for narrowboat holiday beginners. Here are our Top […]

Visit a National Park by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

Canal boat holidays offer the chance to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph is the perfect way to relax, unwind and take in the scenery. And narrowboat holiday-makers can wake up every day in a new location, with all the comforts […]

Canal Boat Garden to inspire visitors to BBC Gardener’s World Live

Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 1:59 pm

This year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live will feature a Canal Boat Garden by award winning designer Paul Stone, celebrating the Midlands’ canal network. The Canal & River Trust and Drifters member ABC Boat Hire will be exhibiting at the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 16-19 June 2016. Visitors to the Canal & […]

Top 5 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on a summer holiday adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers the choice of over 580 boats from 45 bases across England, Wales and Scotland. All our operators […]

A Slow Boat to Yorkshire

Posted by on June 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm

A canal boat holiday offers a different pace of life, says Jaymi McCann in her article in the Sunday Express, published 22 May 2016: LEANING on the lock, I take in the peace of the timeless Yorkshire countryside. I’m on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, celebrating its 200th anniversary. Carving through the southern edge of […]