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Drifters’ A to Z of canal boat holidays

Published on November 4, 2016 By pressguru

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 & […]

A Slow Boat to Yorkshire

Published on June 1, 2016 By pressguru

A canal boat holiday offers a different pace of life, says Jaymi McCann in her article in the Sunday Express, published 22 May 2016: LEANING on the lock, I take in the peace of the timeless Yorkshire countryside. I’m on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, celebrating its 200th anniversary. Carving through the southern edge of […]

Our Honeymoon Afloat

Published on June 30, 2015 By pressguru

…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 10 Summer Holidays on the Canals

Published on June 5, 2015 By pressguru

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 […]

The Slow Boat to Nowhere in Particular

Published on June 4, 2015 By pressguru

Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson knows a thing or two about taking it easy. But how would his kids cope, trapped on a narrowboat for five days? His review was published in the Sunday Times, 31 May 2015: Ah, what a blissful five days we had in store: pootling along the canals, just the five of us, […]

Bank holiday boating – top 10 short breaks

Published on May 1, 2015 By pressguru

To celebrate the May bank holiday, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 short breaks: 1. Visit the Giant Metal Spider…from our canal boat hire base at Anderton in Cheshire, boaters can travel along the Trent & Mersey Canal to medieval Nantwich, with its distinctive black and white architecture. At Anderton, the fascinating Victorian Boat Lift, […]

The A to Z of canal boat holidays

Published on March 25, 2015 By pressguru

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

Published on February 19, 2015 By pressguru

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) […]

Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

Published on February 12, 2015 By pressguru

Why not spoil the hard-working Mum in your life with a relaxing day on the water, nourished by a posh picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. We offer day boat hire at 12 of our bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included so those new to canal boating can […]

Drifters helps Julia Bradbury explore the Wonder of Britain

Published on January 3, 2015 By pressguru

A brand new series for ITV celebrates some of the most impressive natural and manmade wonders that make Britain great, including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales. Julia Bradbury embarks on a stunning 12,000-mile journey around the country to some of Britain’s most spectacular locations and chooses some of the greatest […]