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Celebrate Christmas Afloat

Posted by on November 2, 2015 at 11:02 am

With frosty towpaths, cosy fires and traditional pubs, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Eight 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, […]

Oxford on a narrowboat

Posted by on October 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Evlin Kazancel, 33, from north London, had a UK weekend away with a difference. Her article about her trip was published in Chat Magazine, 6 August 2015: A few friends and I floated away for a long, idyllic weekend on the water… Where to stay? On board, of course! We picked up our four-berth narrowboat […]

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 […]

Picture Perfect – Stan Cullimore’s Mon & Brec Diary

Posted by on August 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Someone once told me that the Monmouth & Brecon is the prettiest stretch of canal in the UK. Hmm. Can’t leave an extravagant claim like that untested. So, Mrs Cullimore and I decided to go and see for ourselves. Test the waters, if you will. We arrived at Goytre Wharf one afternoon and I have […]

One way journey across the Pennines

Posted by on August 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

Starting from Drifters’ base at Sowerby Bridge at the junction of the Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation, this week-long holiday covers 79 miles and 79 locks, and takes around 45 hours. Truly one of the great canal journeys, it takes boaters across the backbone of England via Leeds and Skipton, plus two fantastic waterside galleries, and includes […]

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 […]

Shire Cruisers Shortlisted for Yorkshire Tourism Award

Posted by on July 1, 2015 at 10:06 am

Drifters’ member Shire Cruisers is one of nearly 100 businesses – and the first ever canal boat holiday provider – to be shortlisted for Yorkshire Tourism’s White Rose Awards. Covering 16 categories, the White Rose Awards – the UK’s largest celebration of tourism – include the best Yorkshire attractions, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs. Colin […]

Our Honeymoon Afloat

Posted by on June 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

…Miranda Pennington and Helena Snowden recently Honeymooned on the Kennet & Avon Canal, travelling from Drifters’ base at Hilperton, near Trowbridge in Wiltshire, to Bath and back. Here’s their account: We’ve just returned from the most beautiful and relaxing honeymoon on the Kennet & Avon canal. What an incredible experience for a novice couple – […]

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 […]