Entries by Debbie Ludford

8 ways to reduce plastic waste on your narrowboat holiday

Programmes like Blue Planet II have highlighted the damage plastic is wreaking on our oceans and the animals that live there. More recently, David Attenborough’s BBC ‘Extinction’ programme gave a stark warning that 1 million species face extinction, unless we take urgent action now to protect biodiversity. Our beautiful inland waterways are also affected by […]

Travel to Bath by Narrowboat

Clare Minall and her family travelled to Bath and back on their first narrowboat holiday. They set off for a weekend away from our canal boat hire base on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Hilperton.  This is near Trowbridge in Wiltshire. Clare describes their boat, saying it was “well appointed and had everything we […]

A family holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Nichola from Globalmouse Travels and her family took a Drifters canal boat holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal.  They travelled from our Bath base. They enjoyed watching ‘the beautiful Georgian architecture of Bath’ as they set off on their family adventure afloat.  Nichola says ‘the children immediately loved it’, watching the ducks and swans […]

Cruise through the countryside this October Half Term

Canal boat holidays are great for families – offering the chance to ship out together on an adventure afloat, learning how to navigate the canals, work the locks and watch out for waterway wildlife along the way. A licence isn’t required to steer a canal boat and all our operators provide hirers with boat steering […]

Yorkshire Wonders reviews a canal boat holiday from our Barnoldswick base

Last August, Nikki Turner-Chaplin and her family set off on their first canal boat holiday.  They travelled from our narrowboat hire base on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Barnoldswick.  This is run by Drifters operator Shire Cruisers. Nikki and her husband had enjoyed holidays afloat as children and wanted their two children to experience […]

Loveexploring reviews a holiday travelling round the Droitwich Ring

Jo Kessel, her husband and three teenage children set off for their first canal boat holiday from our Worcester base in July. Travelling aboard the 69ft ‘Aquatic Warbler’ narrowboat for up to eight people, Jo and her family took a four night midweek break and completed the Droitwich Ring, also known as the Mid-Worcestershire Ring. […]

The Family Holiday Guide reviews a canal boat holiday from Trevor

In July Victoria Pollitt and husband took their two children for a canal boat holiday aboard the 67ft barge Askrigg. They set off from our canal boat hire base at Trevor on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales. It was their first narrowboat holiday and it included journeying across the famous World Heritage Status Pontcysyllte […]

Boating for beginners from Braunston

By Giselle Whiteaker As soon as we board Selene at Drifters narrowboat hire base in Braunston, Northamptonshire, we fall in love. Despite being true to the name in narrowness, the narrowboat feels surprisingly spacious inside, with room to manoeuvre and clever touches, like a mobile folding table that can be used inside or outside. We […]

Act quickly if you want to enjoy a canal boat holiday

With the school holidays about to get underway, the Canal & River Trust, the charity that looks after 2,000 miles of waterways across England & Wales, is urging those looking to enjoy a holiday in the slow lane this summer to act quickly with bookings for canal boat holidays enjoying a huge resurgence as people […]

All aboard for Autumn afloat on the canals

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways, as they are dramatically mirrored in the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way during the autumn months, including flocks of fieldfare and redwing searching for hawthorn berries, […]