Entries by Debbie Ludford

Explore Magazine, 24 February 2024

Explore magazine, 24 February 2024 ‘Navigating the Thames – and teens – comes with unexpected challenges’ Daniel Scott from Australia’s Explore Magazine reviews a Drifters family canal boat holiday on the River Thames in Oxfordshire: Family narrowboat adventure on River Thames | Explore Travel

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 […]

Best days out boating on the canals this spring

Drifters offers day boat hire from 20 locations in England and Wales.  With prices starting from just £10 per person, it’s a great way to get the family together for a memorable day out cruising through the countryside this spring. Boats range in size and can accommodate between eight and 12 people. Full tuition is […]

The Irish Post, 20 January 2024

Irish Post, 20 Jan 2024 ‘Unlocking canal bliss’ James Ruddy lists Drifters top 8 canal boat holiday waterway wonder ‘bucket list’ destinations: Unlocking canal bliss — holidaying aboard a narrowboat | The Irish Post

6 longest tunnels to navigate on a canal boat holiday

There are well over 50 tunnels on the canal network, ranging in length from 25 yards (23 metres) to over three miles (5,210 metres). The construction of tunnels was one of the most difficult tasks faced by the early canal engineers, and the dangerous and difficult work led to the death of many navvies, including […]

The Howorths, 3 January 2024

The Howorths, 3 Jan 2024 ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways – perfect canal boat bucket list’ Michael Howorth published a guide to the Seven Wonders of the Waterways in England and Wales: Seven Wonders of the Waterways – perfect Canal Boat Bucket List – The Howorths