Entries by Debbie Ludford

The Howorths, 1 January 2024

The Howorths, 1 Jan 2024 ‘Springtime on Britain’s inland waterways’ Michael Howorth published a guide to Drifters top 8 spring time canal boat holidays: Springtime on Britains Inland Waterways – The Howorths

Love Travelling visits Bath on a canal boat holiday

Little Miss Traveller from the Love Travelling blog recently took a Drifters press trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal, setting off from our Devizes canal boat hire base. She travelled to Georgian Bath and back with her husband and son on a four night break. Marion reviews the boat, the handover process (where someone […]

Top 10 canalside pubs to visit on a canal boat holiday

Canalside pubs are popular destinations for canal boat holiday-makers, and there are hundreds to choose from. They often have names like The Lock Inn, The Navigation Inn, The Narrowboat, The Tunnel and The Bridge.  And many date back to the days when canals were the transport infrastructure of the industrial revolution.  Canalside inns provided refreshment […]

Visit Edinburgh on a canal boat holiday

From Drifters canal boat hire base at Falkirk, you can cruise to Edinburgh and back on four-night or week-long canal boat holiday. The journey takes you along the Union Canal, from the Falkirk Wheel to Edinburgh Quay, travelling 32 miles in around 11 hours. The route passes through the Falkirk Wheel, through two locks, two […]

New canal boat holidays from Nantwich in Cheshire

From the middle of March 2024, we will be offering canal boat holidays from Nantwich Marina on the Shropshire Union Canal in Cheshire. We’ll have three different sized narrowboats for hire, offering accommodation for between four and eight people. There’s a great choice of short breaks, week-long holidays and two-week routes from Nantwich. Here’s a […]

The Howorths, 16 November 2023

The Howorths, travel writing and photography, 16 November 2023 Michael Howorth lists some of the most popular narrowboat holidays on canals in the UK: Narrowboat Waterway Holidays in the UK – The Howorths

Best canal boat holidays in 2024

From rural retreats to vibrant city centres, narrowboat holiday-makers can explore Britain’s peaceful 3,000-mile network of inland waterways.  There are hundreds of waterside destinations to choose from including dozens of historic canalside pubs. We’ve published a guide to our Top 8 canal boat holidays for 2024: 1. Cruise through the Cheshire countryside to Middlewich On […]

New electric day canal boat for hire on the Peak Forest Canal

Drifters member ABC Boat Hire has launched a new electric day boat at New Mills Marina on the Peak Forest Canal in Derbyshire. Boating on the Peak Forest Canal The 15-mile long Peak Forest Canal is one of Britain’s most scenic waterways, running along the edge of the Peak District and alongside the River Goyt. […]

Explore ‘Happy Valley’ country by canal boat

Simon from The Version Humax recently reviewed his multi-generation family boating holiday in Yorkshire. They set off from our canal boat hire base at Sowerby Bridge and travelled along the Calder & Hebble Navigation to Hebden Bridge. Simon says, “The route allowed us to explore the idyllic surroundings at a leisurely pace, making it perfect […]

‘Top of the Locks’ for 2024 canal boat holidays

There are over 1,800 locks on the 2,000 miles of navigable waterways in England and Wales, all enabling boats to travel up and down hills. There’s no mystery to using locks – just a series of step-by-step tasks. A lock is simply a chamber with gates at either end.  By emptying or filling the chamber […]