narrowboat holidays

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 […]

From Bath to Devizes

Posted by on October 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Discover Britain Magazine (1 October 2014) described a canal boat holiday along the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bath to Devizes in its ‘Britain’s Great Journeys’ feature: Distance: 22 miles (and 43 locks) Duration: About two days – longer if you stop to look at all the sights Our narrowboat holiday begins at the historic […]

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 […]

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 […]

Everyone must add this to their ‘bucket list’

Posted by on August 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm

The Wilson Family reviewed their short break narrowboat holiday from our Brewood base for whatsgoodtodo.com: All packed and ready to go, our first day begins with the drive down to the Shropshire Union Canal at Brewood, near Stafford. Prior to our start we received a DVD, boater’s handbook and a couple of canal maps to […]

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 […]

Cheshire Cheers

Posted by on July 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

Chris Eades wrote about his canal boat holiday on the waterways of North West England in the Daily Mirror, 5 July 2014: Ready, steady… slow! At a top speed of 4mph, there’s no danger of taking things too quickly on a narrowboat holiday. The leisurely pace forces you to slow down and appreciate your surroundings, in […]

Top 10 reasons to take a canal boat holiday

Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 10:40 am

1. It’s the fastest way to slow down – with speed limits of 4mph and hundreds of miles of tranquil unspoilt countryside to cruise through, stress levels are immediately reduced on a narrowboat holiday and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over 2. Freedom to explore – the majority of our inland […]