Entries by Debbie Ludford

Embracing the slow pace on the Mon & Brec

Gareth Butterfield recently reviewed his Drifters holiday on the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in South Wales. Travelling from our base at Goytre Wharf near Abergavenny, he embraced the slow pace on the Mon & Brec. Gareth holidayed with his wife, two dogs and pet lizard Boris. They enjoyed cruising slowly through the Brecon Beacons […]

Top leafy canals to cruise this autumn

Explore our top leafy canals to cruise this autumn Britain’s 3,000-mile network of inland waterways meanders through some of our best-loved countryside, including woodlands and forest remains. To celebrate the beautiful autumn colours in our trees and hedgerows, we’ve listed our top five leafy canals to cruise this autumn: 1. The Calder & Hebble in […]

Top 5 Yorkshire canal boat holidays

Yorkshire is home to some of the most picturesque canals in the UK, including the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the Calder & Hebble Navigation. These waterways wind their way through diverse landscapes, from rolling countryside to bustling cities, offering breathtaking views at every turn. To celebrate the beautiful waterways of Yorkshire, we’ve put together […]

A canal boat holiday from Braunston

Stephanie Spencer from Yours.co.uk has reviewed her recent Drifters press trip. She set out with her husband and two friends from our Braunston base, on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire. Stephanie describes the boat and the facilities on board, tuition, journey and pubs they visited.  And says it’s ‘a fantastic holiday whether for a […]

Head to one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways

Why not head to one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways on your next canal boat holiday. The list of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ was compiled nearly 70 years ago by Robert Aickman.  He was the co-founder of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA).  These amazing structures are still functioning today and make […]

Best narrowboat holidays for wildlife spotting

Britain’s canals and rivers are full of biodiversity. To celebrate #EarthDay2024 we’ve published a guide to the best narrowboat holidays for wildlife spotting. Cruising gently through the countryside, you can enjoy spotting anything from ducks, moorhens, swans and dragonflies, to kingfishers, otters, bats and water voles.  Even in city centres, waterways provide safe havens for […]

Best family days out boating on the canals

Drifters offers day boat hire from 20 places in England and Wales, offering the chance to enjoy a family day out boating on the canals. Prices start at just £10 per person. Boats range in size and can accommodate between eight and 12 people. Full tuition is included so if you are new to narrow […]

Bluebell woods to explore on a canal boat holiday

Canals meander through some of Britain’s best loved countryside, and there are places where you can explore bluebell woods on a canal boat holiday. The UK is home to almost half the world’s bluebells, and they are one of the nation’s favourite wildflowers.  Native bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) are an ancient woodland indicator. The Woodland Trust […]

City AM, 9 April 2024

City AM, 9 April, ‘Canalside Capers’ Sophie Ibbotson reviews her Drifters canal boat holiday setting off from Wootton Wawen on the Stratford Canal and visiting Stratford-upon-Avon City AM (pagesuite.com)

Castles to visit on a narrowboat holiday

There’s a great choice of castle to visit on a narrowboat holiday. From prison cells and dungeon tours, to ramparts and banqueting halls, Britain’s beautiful castles bring history to life. Here are our top five castles to visit on a narrow boat holiday: 1. Explore the 18th century prison cells at Oxford Castle & Prison […]