narrowboat holidays

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 […]

Top 5 Easter canal boat holidays

Posted by on February 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learn how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Easter prices start at £495 for a short break (three or four nights) […]

Celebrate the Worcester & Birmingham Canal’s Bicentenary

Posted by on December 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm

…travel along this beautiful historic waterway, from the cathedral City of Worcester, through the green hills of Worcestershire to the vibrant centre of Birmingham In 2015 it will be 200 years since the Worcester & Birmingham Canal opened. This popular 29-mile long historic waterway starts in Worcester as an off-shoot of the River Severn, and […]

Top 5 epic canal boat journeys

Posted by on November 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Britain’s 2,000-mile canal network offers a huge variety of canal boat holiday routes, from easy short breaks with no locks through to epic journeys around cruising rings, which take weeks and involve a lot of locks! Weekly hire in 2015 starts at £480 and Drifters operators usually offer discounts on the second week of hire. […]

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 […]