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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, […]

Top 5 epic canal boat journeys

Published on November 5, 2014 By pressguru

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

Published on October 20, 2014 By pressguru

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

Published on October 13, 2014 By pressguru

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

Published on September 30, 2014 By pressguru

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 […]

Top 5 Autumn breaks afloat

Published on September 1, 2014 By pressguru

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 […]

One of the greatest travel experiences

Published on August 2, 2014 By pressguru

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 […]

Cheshire Cheers

Published on July 7, 2014 By pressguru

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 […]

A uniquely bonding experience

Published on April 15, 2014 By pressguru

Lucy Cavendish reviewed her canal boat holiday from our Wootton Wawen base in The Daily Mail, 12 April 2014: Narrowboats are bobbing gently. The sun is even shining. In fact, it’s pretty much how the brochures show it, as my family and I — four children, one dog and a male partner — prepare for […]

Living the barge life

Published on March 12, 2014 By pressguru

Vicky Lissaman of the Daily Star wrote about her narrowboat holiday from our canal boat hire base at Hilperton, on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire. Her article, ‘Living the barge life: discovering countryside and cityscapes along the Kennet & Avon Canal’, was published in the Daily Star on Sunday 4 March 2014. If a […]