narrowboat hire

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 […]

A relaxing break on the Oxford Canal

Posted by on January 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

In this month’s issue of Prima Magazine, a canal boat holiday from our Stockton base is reviewed: Once you have mastered the locks – an unavoidable part of navigating the canals – pottering along the waterways proves to be an extremely relaxing holiday. Suitable for beginners, as tuition is given before you set out, a […]

Celebrate 80 years of The Hobbit with a trip through Tolkien country

Posted by on January 11, 2017 at 11:28 am

Published 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, the popularity of JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ endures, not least amongst the canal boat community where dozens of boats bear the names of Tolkien’s characters. Tolkien spent much of his childhood exploring the village of Sarehole (now Hall Green), Moseley Bog, the Malvern Hills, and nearby Bromsgrove, […]

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 […]

A Bonnie Boating Adventure

Posted by on November 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

Natalie Croft reviewed her first hire boat holiday in Waterways World (July 2016).  She took her trip with Drifters, visiting giant horses, a landmark boat-lift and Scotland’s only canal museum… Peering over the barriers of the M9 in a taxi from Edinburgh Airport, the Kelpies were our first view of Scotland’s waterways – and I […]

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 ghostly goings-on on the waterways

Posted by on September 19, 2016 at 10:10 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. From shaggy coated beings to shrieking boggarts, we’ve put together our Top 7 spookiest spots: 1. Be stunned at Standedge Tunnel…at 3.25 miles […]

Babies Afloat

Posted by on September 8, 2016 at 8:20 am

Narrowboat holidays are often said to be the best way to relax – and parents with babies probably need the chance to do that more than most. Canal boats are like floating holiday cottages, with all the comforts of home on board. Drifters’ six-berth family boat ‘Lucy May’, which operates out of our Stockton canal […]