Kennet and Avon Canal

Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

Posted by on February 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working Mums with a relaxing day afloat, nourished by a picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire at 16 of its bases, from less than £10 per person.  Full tuition is included so if you are new […]

Top 8 Waterside Destinations for 2017

Posted by on December 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

Britain’s 2,000 mile network of navigable inland waterways transports canal boat holiday-makers through rural idylls with wooded glades, sweeping farmland and sleepy villages to exciting towns and cities with world-class waterside attractions. Here’s a list of our Top 8 waterside destinations for 2017: 1. Warwick Castle – said to be Britain’s greatest medieval experience, the […]

Drifters’ A to Z of canal boat holidays

Posted by on November 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

A is for Anderton Boat Lift – also known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, this fascinating example of Victorian engineering provides a 15-metre vertical link between the Trent & Mersey Canal and River Weaver Navigation. B is for Bingley Five-Rise Locks – completed in 1774, this spectacular staircase of locks on the Leeds & […]

Top 8 Narrowboat Holidays for Novices

Posted by on October 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Each year, around one fifth of canal boat hirers are newcomers. A licence isn’t required to steer a narrowboat and all our operators provide boat steering tuition as part of their holiday packages. Here’s a list of our top eight canal boat holidays for beginners: 1. Discover the Breacon Beacons afloat – the beautiful Mon […]

Top 10 Christmas breaks on the canals

Posted by on October 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Cruising gently through quiet countryside and stopping off at rural local pubs along the way, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We offer winter breaks* from a number of our bases, giving you the chance to enjoy snug evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 9:11 am

‘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. We offer […]

Let the stresses of 21st century life float away

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 8:28 am

Savvas Eleftheriades wrote about his holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal in the Daily Mirror, published 7 April 2016. Find out how he and his family discovered a simpler way of life after casting off their electronic gadgets… I wish I’d filmed my childrens’ faces as I outlined our holiday plans. “So, we are […]