Entries by Debbie Ludford

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 […]

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 […]

Bank holiday rural retreats on a canal boat

Our beautiful canals take you through some of Britain’s best loved countryside, offering perfect bank holiday rural retreats. There are places to moor up your canal boat in quiet backwaters.  And the chance to visit historic country pubs and farm shops. Here’s a list of our top 5 bank holiday boating rural retreats: 1. Napton, […]

New electric day boat for hire at Hilperton

We’ve launched a new electric day boat at Hilperton on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire. The 36ft ‘Great Day’ narrowboat accommodates up to ten people and 2024 day hire prices start at £99. The boat has a toilet, indoor and outdoor seating and a kitchen area with induction hob, sink and microwave.  So […]

Best bank holiday canal boat city breaks

Britain’s beautiful 3,000-mile network of inland waterways weaves through the countryside into some of our best-loved towns and cities. To celebrate the forthcoming May bank holidays, we’ve published a guide to our most popular city breaks you can do on a short break: Worcester This beautiful Cathedral City on the River Severn is connected to […]

Bingley Five Rise Locks celebrate 250th anniversary

This year, the Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Bradford in West Yorkshire will be 250 years old! One of the greatest feats of canal engineering of its day, the Grade I listed Bingley Five Rise Locks opened on 21 March 1774. On that day, 30,000 people turned out to […]

Popular canal boat holiday destinations for overseas visitors

We’re proud to welcome many overseas visitors to experience a canal boat holiday on Britain’s historic network of inland waterways.  Most of our overseas visitors come from America, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands. Our overseas visitors often want to visit some of Britain’s best-known historic towns and cities by canal […]

Everything Americans need to know about canal boat vacations in Britain

Here at Drifters we’re delighted to welcome aboard our canal boats many customers from the United States wanting to explore historic Britain. To answer frequently asked questions, we’ve put together a guide to everything our American visitors need to know about our canal boat vacations and trips. What’s so appealing about a canal boat vacation […]

Drifters Top 11 New Narrowboats for Hire in 2024

Every year we add dozens of new narrowboat to our fleet. There are two main types of narrowboat available: cruiser stern boats have an open back deck with room for a number of people to stand; and semi-traditional boat have a smaller deck/steering area with a seating area that can be enclosed with doors. Here’s […]