Short breaks

Top 5 half term holidays afloat

Posted by on May 18, 2017 at 8:53 am

Canal boat holidays are great for families – take off together on a micro-adventure afloat, learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way. It’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat and you don’t need a licence.  […]

The first thing you notice is the quiet

Posted by on April 15, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Trevor Davies recently reviewed his Drifters canal boat holiday in the Daily Mirror (8 April 2017), setting off from our canal boat hire base Barnoldswick on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. I always fancied walking the Pennine Way but when I looked into it, I realised that was perhaps a bit ambitious. And then I […]

A peaceful escape afloat

Posted by on March 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

Steve Newman recently wrote about his narrowboat holiday, departing from our Falkirk canal boat hire base on the Scottish Lowland canals, in Horse & Countryside Magazine… I’ve often used the expression ‘I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole’, so when the day came that one was thrust into my hands and I was told […]

Top 7 Easter Canal Boat Breaks

Posted by on March 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way.   Here are our top six destinations for Easter 2017: Visit […]

Drifters’ Top 5 Literary Escapes Afloat

Posted by on February 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm

VisitEngland has declared 2017 as the “Year of Literary Heroes” – recognising the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, and other publishing phenomena that have helped put England on the map. To celebrate, we’ve put together our Top 5 Literary escapes afloat: Explore Ted Hughes’ Calderdale by […]

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 & […]