Entries by Debbie Ludford

Travel round the Droitwich Ring on a narrowboat

The Droitwich Ring is one of a small number of mini-rings on Britain’s canal network. It re-opened in 2011 when the restoration of the Droitwich Canals was completed. The route takes canal boat holiday-makers on a 20 mile circuit, passing through 33 locks along the way.  You’ll need around 16 hours to cruise this ring, […]

Beginners narrowboat holiday on the Llangollen Canal

Elaine Wilson of Eccentric England took her first canal boat holiday in October. She and her friend Julie set off from our narrowboat hire base at Whixall Marina.  This is on the Prees Branch of the Llangollen Canal. They pottered slowly along, getting the hang of the steering. Elaine describes the wildlife they saw, and […]

Visit an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by canal boat

Britain’s 3,000-mile network of inland waterways flow through some of our most beautiful and unspoilt countryside.  This includes many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).  So a canal boat holiday is a great way to explore the countryside. From gliding through the Vale of Pewsey, to cruising through Cannock Chase, here’s our Top 6 AONB […]

Day boat hire on the Grand Union Canal

Travel blogger Katya describes her family day out on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.  She and her family travelled aboard our self-drive day boat ‘Day Lark’. Narrowboat ‘Day Lark’ can take up to 10 people.  She is based at our Gayton canal boat hire base, near Northampton. Like many families this summer, they were […]

A weekend narrowboating on the Grand Union Canal

The October Half Term break gave our little family – Mum, Dad, 12-year old son and Patch the Fox Terrier – the chance to spend the weekend away in the Warwickshire countryside. We picked up our beautiful boat for up to six people, ‘Isabella’, from Drifters’ canal boat hire base at Stockton.  This hire boat […]

Daily Telegraph online, 28 October 2020

Emma Cooke and Paul Miles explore ‘Canal boat holidays: the best UK routes, from the Avon Ring to Welsh waterways’ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/river-cruises/best-canal-boat-holidays-uk-yorkshire-wales-norfolk-broads-scotland/