canal boat holidays

The Slow Boat to Nowhere in Particular

Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm

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, […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm

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 […]

Bank holiday boating – top 10 short breaks

Posted by on May 1, 2015 at 8:39 am

To celebrate the May bank holiday, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 short breaks: 1. Visit the Giant Metal Spider…from our canal boat hire base at Anderton in Cheshire, boaters can travel along the Trent & Mersey Canal to medieval Nantwich, with its distinctive black and white architecture. At Anderton, the fascinating Victorian Boat Lift, […]

The A to Z of canal boat holidays

Posted by on March 25, 2015 at 10:31 am

A is for Anderton Boat Lift – also known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, this fascinating example of Victorian engineering, which looks like a giant iron spider, provides a 15-metre vertical link between the Trent & Mersey Canal and River Weaver Navigation. Designed by Edwin Clark and opened in 1875, it consists of two […]

Great Canal Journeys returns to our screens

Posted by on March 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

On Sunday 15 March at 8pm, the second series of ‘Great Canal Journeys’ begins on Channel 4, starring self-confessed ‘canal nuts’ Timothy West and Prunella Scales. Last year, to mark their golden wedding anniversary, they let the world in on their secret and were filmed travelling along four different canals for the first series of […]

Top 5 Easter canal boat holidays

Posted by on February 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learn how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Easter prices start at £495 for a short break (three or four nights) […]

Celebrate the Worcester & Birmingham Canal’s Bicentenary

Posted by on December 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm

…travel along this beautiful historic waterway, from the cathedral City of Worcester, through the green hills of Worcestershire to the vibrant centre of Birmingham In 2015 it will be 200 years since the Worcester & Birmingham Canal opened. This popular 29-mile long historic waterway starts in Worcester as an off-shoot of the River Severn, and […]

Top 5 epic canal boat journeys

Posted by on November 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Britain’s 2,000-mile canal network offers a huge variety of canal boat holiday routes, from easy short breaks with no locks through to epic journeys around cruising rings, which take weeks and involve a lot of locks! Weekly hire in 2015 starts at £480 and Drifters operators usually offer discounts on the second week of hire. […]

Celebrate Christmas on the Canals

Posted by on October 20, 2014 at 9:06 am

Britain’s canals can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Six 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, and wake-up to frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. Whether it’s a snug […]

From Bath to Devizes

Posted by on October 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Discover Britain Magazine (1 October 2014) described a canal boat holiday along the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bath to Devizes in its ‘Britain’s Great Journeys’ feature: Distance: 22 miles (and 43 locks) Duration: About two days – longer if you stop to look at all the sights Our narrowboat holiday begins at the historic […]