Llangollen Canal

Chill out on a canal boat holiday this Halloween

Posted by on September 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

Reputedly playing host to hundreds of ghosts, with bats and frogs aplenty, creepy tunnels, spooky locks and misty towpaths, Britain’s 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween afloat. Here are a few of the spookiest places to go: • Get the chills in Chester…visit the City’s old Northgate where the […]

Top 5 Autumn breaks afloat

Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 8:52 am

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 – look out for apples, blackberries, elderberries, damsons and sloes and make freshly-picked fruit crumbles on board. Here are our top five […]

One of the greatest travel experiences

Posted by on August 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Paola Totaro wrote about her canal boat holiday, from our canal boat hire base at Chirk, in The Australian newspaper, published 12 July 2014. A few days before setting off for northern Wales, we stumble upon a BBC television program starring Prunella Scales and her husband, Timothy West (who, incidentally, is nothing like her screen […]

Top 10 August bank holidays afloat

Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Canal boat holidays are great for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together, learn how to work the locks, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. All our operators provide hirers with life jackets and boat steering tuition. Bikes can be stored on the roof of […]

Top 10 Summer Holidays on the Canals

Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit historic waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers a huge range of family canal boat holidays, with school summer holiday prices starting at £635 for a […]

Drifters’ top 5 canalside pubs

Posted by on May 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

There are hundreds of lovely waterside pubs across the canal network but we’ve put together a list of our top 10: 1. The George at Bathampton is on the Kennet & Avon Canal just half an hour by boat from our canal boat hire base at Bath and two-and-a-half hours from Bradford on Avon. Once […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

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 day boat hire from ten of our bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included so those new to canal […]

It does take your breath away

Posted by on April 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Liz Fullick reviewed her Drifters’ canal boat holiday from our Blackwater Meadow base in the Scottish Daily Record, published 29 March 2014: Cruising the Shropshire Union Canal at 2mph and into Wales past some amazing scenery in beautiful weather makes for a relaxing narrowboat trip. A self-confessed speed freak and a sports-mad teenager who goes stir-crazy if […]

Tim & Pru make ‘Grand Canal Journeys’

Posted by on March 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Often aboard Drifters’ boats, actors and national treasures Timothy West and Prunella Scales star in a new four-part canal adventure TV series on More4. Approaching their 80’s and determined to keep canal adventuring for as long as they can, ‘Grand Canal Journeys’, which starts next Monday, follows these narrow-boating heroes as they celebrate their golden […]

Top 10 short breaks

Posted by on March 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

With two bank holidays in May on the horizon, we’ve put together our top 10 short break canal boat holidays to help you plan your bank holiday afloat. 1. Experience the World Heritage City of Bath…Bath City centre with its fabulous Georgian architecture, is a delightful seven-hour cruise from our base at Bradford on Avon on […]