Short breaks

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 […]

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 […]

Canal boat holidays are great for pets

Posted by on June 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

Canal boat holidays are perfect for dogs, with plenty of towpath walks, dog-friendly canalside pubs and other dogs to meet along the way. And as well as hundreds of dogs, Drifters canal boat hire operators have accommodated many other kinds of pets aboard their floating holiday homes, including rabbits, hamsters, caged birds, a goldfish and […]

Top 10 Summer Holidays on the Canals

Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit historic waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers a huge range of family canal boat holidays, with school summer holiday prices starting at £635 for a […]

Getaway guide to Falkirk

Posted by on May 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Tiffany Sherlock, 40, from Kendal, Cumbria, took a short break canal boat holiday with Drifters on Scotland’s Union Canal and wrote about it in Chat Magazine, May 2014: My boyfriend Brent and I were captain and first mate for four days… Where to stay? We hired the 47ft narrowboat ‘Little Weaver’, based in Falkirk. With […]

Narrowboating on the wonderful Worcestershire waterways

Posted by on May 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Tristan Harris reviews his day trip from our Tardebigge canal boat hire base in the Bromsgrove Standard… With the stresses and strains that present themselves in 2014 Britain, it seems a lot of us – me included – are constantly trying to get away from it all when we can. I have always been an […]