Entries by Debbie Ludford

‘Top of the locks’ narrowboat holiday destinations for 2021

There are over 1,800 locks on the 2,000 miles of navigable waterways in England and Wales.  Locks allow boats to travel up and down hills, and have been around for hundreds of years. With around 35,000 boats licenced to cruise the canals, there are approximately 3.85 million lockages (uses of a lock) each year. A […]

Top 7 May Bank Holiday canal boat breaks for beginners

Narrowboat holidays provide a floating holiday home.  Cruising along at just four miles per hour, watching out for wildlife along the way, you can take all the supplies you need for an adventure afloat. Drifters offers over 550 boats for hire, operating from 45 bases across England, Scotland and Wales.  Narrowboats range from 32ft to […]

Tips for taking a narrowboat holiday with kids

Clare from the Mudpie Fridays blog enjoyed a Drifters narrowboat holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal last year. She travelled with her husband and two boys, aged seven and three. On their weekend break, they began their journey at our canal boat hire base at Hilperton, near Trowbridge in Wiltshire.  They cruised west to […]

Why narrowboat holidays are great for pets

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 […]

Top 9 Aqueducts to glide across on a narrowboat holiday

Britain’s 3,000-mile canal network is made up of thousands of historic structures.  From impressive flights of locks to soaring aqueducts, these engineering marvels are exciting focal points for canal boat holiday-makers today. Aqueducts were originally invented by the Romans.  But the idea of a ‘canal in the sky’ was initially ridiculed by the canal builders.  […]

Top 11 Canal Boat Holidays for 2021

From rural retreats to vibrant city centres, narrowboat holiday-makers can use their boat as a floating holiday home to explore Britain’s beautiful 3,000-mile network of inland waterways, with the choice of hundreds of waterside destinations and historic canalside pubs to visit along the way. Here are Drifters’ Top 11 canal boat holidays for 2021: Explore […]

Forest bathing on the Shropshire Union Canal

Kerstin Rogers took a Drifters canal boat holiday, travelling from our Brewood base on the Shropshire Union Canal. In her blog, ‘Slow food on a Staffordshire canal’, she describes the relaxing effect of the journey, which took her along beautiful tree-lined sections of waterway. As well as this ‘forest-bathing’ experience, she enjoyed the ‘digital detox’, […]

Go stargazing afloat

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve. On clear nights, stargazers can see the Milky Way, major constellations, star clusters, and even meteor showers. Running through the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Monmouthshire & Brecon offers the chance to take a stargazing holiday afloat.  Narrowboat holiday-makers can set off from our […]

Celebrate Mother’s Day Afloat

Day boat hire on Britain’s peaceful network of inland waterways is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. You can enjoy slow time together, watching out for Spring wildlife and blossom on the trees.  And you can pack a picnic or stop off for lunch at a canalside pub along the way. Drifters offers day […]

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, […]