Llangollen Canal

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 […]

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 […]

Top 6 Autumn Breaks Afloat

Posted by on June 26, 2015 at 12:10 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. And there are plenty of foraging opportunities along the way – narrowboat holiday-makers can look out for apples, blackberries, elderberries, damsons and sloes and make freshly-picked fruit crumbles on board. Our […]

Top 10 Summer Holidays on the Canals

Posted by on June 5, 2015 at 1:10 pm

1. Visit Georgian Bath & find out what the Romans did for us!…on a short break from Drifters’ base at Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, boaters can travel along the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal and reach the centre of the World Heritage City of Bath in seven hours, with just seven locks to negotiate […]

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 […]

Drifters helps Julia Bradbury explore the Wonder of Britain

Posted by on January 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

A brand new series for ITV celebrates some of the most impressive natural and manmade wonders that make Britain great, including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales. Julia Bradbury embarks on a stunning 12,000-mile journey around the country to some of Britain’s most spectacular locations and chooses some of the greatest […]

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 […]

Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2015

Posted by on September 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

With boats travelling at a maximum speed of 4mph, a canal boat holiday really is the fastest way to slow down. There are over 3,000 miles of peaceful canals and rivers to explore across Britain – from rural retreats to vibrant city centres. Drifters offers over 500 boats for hire from 37 canal boat hire locations […]