boating holidays

Discovering a more tranquil way of life

Posted by on December 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Cheryl Roberts recently wrote about her Drifters holiday on the Llangollen Canal in Club Life Magazine – finding life on the water relaxing, surprisingly luxurious and a little magical… Setting off In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by beautiful Welsh countryside, there is a piece of architecture ranked by UNESCO as a wonder on a […]

Getting the hang of it on the Llangollen

Posted by on November 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Amber Graafland wrote about her first narrowboat holiday in the Daily Mirror, published 17 October 2015: After an Acme course in canal cruising and narrowboat maintenance Mark, the man from Drifters boat hire base, asked: “Any questions?” Trying to sound nonchalant, I replied: “Er, how do we know if we’re going too fast?” With a […]

Shire Cruisers Highly Commended in Yorkshire Tourism Awards

Posted by on November 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

Drifters’ member Shire Cruisers was given special recognition at Yorkshire Tourism’s White Rose Awards on 9 November, being ‘Highly Commended’ under the ‘Self-catering’ category. The awards are the biggest tourism awards in the UK and have been recognising tourism stars for more than 25 years Shire Cruisers was one of nearly 100 businesses – and […]

Celebrate Christmas Afloat

Posted by on November 2, 2015 at 11:02 am

With frosty towpaths, cosy fires and traditional pubs, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Eight of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving canal boat holiday-makers the chance to enjoy cosy evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs with roaring log fires, […]

Oxford on a narrowboat

Posted by on October 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Evlin Kazancel, 33, from north London, had a UK weekend away with a difference. Her article about her trip was published in Chat Magazine, 6 August 2015: A few friends and I floated away for a long, idyllic weekend on the water… Where to stay? On board, of course! We picked up our four-berth narrowboat […]

The perfect introduction

Posted by on September 29, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Earlier this year, Countryman editor Mark Whitley celebrated the renaissance of Britain’s canal network by taking a canal boat holiday with Drifters on the Llangollen Canal.  Here’s his account: The Industrial Revolution dramatically changed the landscape of Britain, and central to this was the development of canal network. Between 1760 and 1830 over a thousand […]

Picture Perfect – Stan Cullimore’s Mon & Brec Diary

Posted by on August 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm

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 […]

One way journey across the Pennines

Posted by on August 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

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 […]

Top 7 canal boat holidays for beginners

Posted by on July 22, 2015 at 7:58 am

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 […]

Shire Cruisers Shortlisted for Yorkshire Tourism Award

Posted by on July 1, 2015 at 10:06 am

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 […]