Entries by Debbie Ludford

Quirky Canals

Britain’s 2,000-mile long and 200-year old canal network is a treasure trove of historic structures, many of them quirky and unorthodox.  It’s also a haven for wildlife, but not always what you might expect. To celebrate the rich tapestry of canal history and habitat, we’ve put together our Top 10 Quirky Canal Facts: Terrapins – […]

Top 7 cruises into the countryside for narrowboat holiday beginners

Following government guidance, Drifters operators are planning to restart their holidays on 4 July. Our self-drive narrowboat holidays provide a floating holiday home for cruising through the countryside, watching out for wildlife and enjoying walks along towpaths and connecting footpaths along the way. You can take all the supplies you need, and you have the […]

Escape into the countryside afloat

Our self-drive narrowboat holidays provide a floating holiday home to escape aboard into the countryside, watching out for wildlife and enjoying walks along towpaths and connecting footpaths.  You can take all the supplies you need and have the freedom to moor up for the night alongside rural towpaths. From forest bathing in Shropshire to wildlife […]

Drifters boats star in ‘Celebrity Britain by Barge’

Canals are back on our screens with a new Channel 5 series ‘Celebrity Britain by Barge: Then & Now’. The series began on Friday 14 February, starring Bill Oddie, Anne Diamond, Jennie Bond and Pete Waterman aboard a number of Drifters’ narrowboats. In the first episode, the celebrities travel along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal […]

Celebrate Father’s Day with a relaxing day afloat

Day boat hire on Britain’s peaceful network of inland waterways is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day (21 June), enjoying a relaxing day afloat on the first day of summer and stopping off for lunch and a pint at a canalside pub along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire from 17 boat yards […]

The History of canal boat holidays

Our rivers have been used for transport since prehistoric times, but it was the Industrial Revolution that created the need to move large quantities of raw materials, goods and commodities efficiently, and resulted in the construction on thousands of miles of canals across England, Wales and Scotland. The history of inland waterways pleasure boat hiring […]

Top 6 Bank Holiday Boating Breaks for Beginners

  With a thriving 3,000-mile network of navigable inland waterways, the health benefits of spending time by the water proven and the merits of a lower carbon staycation, UK narrowboat holidays offer the perfect bank holiday getaway. A licence isn’t required to steer a canal boat and all our provide hirers with boat steering tuition […]

Narrowboat hirers overwhelmingly recommend boating holidays

The Canal & River Trust, the charity that looks after 2,000 miles of waterways across England & Wales, has published research showing that nine out of ten people (88 per cent) who hired a canal boat last year were ‘very satisfied’ with a further eight per cent saying they were ‘satisfied’. And the quintessentially British […]

Top 8 Easter Holidays Afloat

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together out in the open air, learning how to steer the boat and work the locks, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way. Our narrowboats range from 32ft to 70ft and […]

Exploring the beautiful Mon & Brec

By The Countryman editor Mark Whitley Britain’s canals were a product of the Industrial Revolution, built to serve the country’s economic needs, but in recent decades the canal network’s primary purpose has changed from industry to leisure, and nowadays canals are places for recreation and exploration — especially by boat. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal […]