Entries by Debbie Ludford

Enjoy a day out on the canals this summer

Day boat hire on Britain’s peaceful network of inland waterways is a great way to enjoy a family day out this summer. Drifters offers day boat hire from 15 canal boat yards across England and Wales, with prices starting from £10 per person. Full tuition is included so if you are new to narrow boating, […]

All aboard for an Autumn canal boat holiday

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways. Narrowboats are like floating holiday cottages, with everything holiday-makers need on board for a self-catering adventure afloat. Autumn 2022 hire prices start at £561 for a short break (three or four […]

Top of the Locks 2022

There are over 1,800 locks on the 2,000 miles of navigable waterways in England and Wales, all enabling boats to travel up and down hills. There’s no mystery to using locks – just a series of step-by-step tasks.  A lock is simply a chamber with gates at either end.  By emptying or filling the chamber […]

Top 5 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays for 2022

To celebrate Yorkshire Day (1 August), we’ve put together our Top 5 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays for 2022. 2022 prices from our Yorkshire bases start at £770 for a short break (three or four nights), £1,155 for a week on a boat for four people. 1. Visit Skipton and its medieval castle On a short […]

Enjoy a day afloat on the Jubilee bank holiday weekend

Day boat hire on Britain’s peaceful network of inland waterways is a great way to enjoy the countryside, and offers a great family day out over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee long weekend, 2-5 June 2022. Drifters’ offers day boat hire from 14 boat yards across England and Wales, with weekend and bank holiday prices starting […]

Top 10 Summer Canal Boat Holidays for 2022

Travelling through the countryside at just four-miles-an-hour, canal boat holidays are the fastest way to slow down. You don’t need a licence and it’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat. Drifters offers 550 narrowboats for hire from 45 bases across England, Scotland and Wales.  Our summer holiday prices for a short break (three […]

Boris the lizard enjoys a canal boat holiday

Gareth Butterfield recently took a Drifters’ press trip on the Coventry Canal, setting off from our new canal boat hire base at Springwood Haven Marina.  Gareth was joined by this wife, their two dogs and Boris the Bearded Dragon.  Gareth describes their pet-friendly staycation afloat: “And there was me thinking it was a cheeky request, […]

Top 8 waterside museums to visit on a canal boat holiday

Britain’s 3,000-mile network of navigable canals and rivers is home to dozens of waterside museums and attractions, many of them linked to our nation’s industrial past. To celebrate, we’ve published a guide to the Top 8 waterside museums to visit afloat in 2022: The Black Country Living Museum Famous as a filming location for The […]

Narrowboat holidays are great pet-friendly staycations

Narrowboats provide a floating holiday home, so it’s possible to take all sorts of pets on the canals. And as well as hundreds of dogs every year, here at Drifters we have accommodated many other kinds of pets aboard our canal boats.  From rabbits and hamsters to caged birds, goldfish and tortoises. Here are our […]

Easter Days Out on the water

Day boat hire on Britain’s peaceful network of inland waterways is a great way to enjoy the countryside this spring, and offers a great family day out in the Easter holidays. Drifters offers day boat hire from 14 boat yards across England and Wales, with prices starting from less than £10 per person.  Full tuition […]