Entries by Drifters

Top 5 Canal Boat Holidays on the K&A

From soaring aqueducts and dramatic lock flights, to prehistoric landscapes, ancient trees and the World Heritage Status City of Bath, the 87-mile long Kennet & Avon Canal offers canal boat holiday-makers the chance to enjoy some of England’s most beautiful countryside. Linking the Bristol Avon at Bath with the Thames at Reading, the Kennet & […]

Top 9 Summer Holidays Afloat

Travelling through the countryside and waterside towns and villages at just four-miles-an-hour, canal boat holidays are the fastest way to slow down this summer.  Drifters offers 550 narrowboats for hire from 45 bases across England, Scotland and Wales.  Summer holiday prices for a short break (three or four nights) on a boat for four people […]

Celebrate Father’s Day Afloat

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to treat Dads with a relaxing day out on the water, nourished by a pint and a pub lunch along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire from 17 of its boat yards, from less than £10 per person.  Full tuition is included so those new […]

Yorkshire Canals Celebrated at Chelsea

Welcome to Yorkshire is marking its 10th birthday and 10th year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May 2019) with a garden which aims to capture the beauty of the county’s canals and celebrate the drama of Yorkshire’s rich industrial heritage.  Designed by Mark Gregory, the highlight of the 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire show garden will […]

Top 10 Late May Bank Holiday Boating Breaks

With Britain’s inland waterways in better shape than ever and the health benefits of spending time by the water proven, narrowboat holidays are becoming increasingly popular. So why not pack up and ship out for a family adventure afloat over the Whitsun May holiday? You don’t need a licence to steer a canal boat and […]

Top 10 New Narrowboats for 2020

There are nearly 35,000 boats on Britain’s 2,000-mile canal network, more than at the time of the Industrial Revolution. But unlike the working boats of the last two centuries, the canal boats available to hire today are fully equipped with all the essential mod cons – central heating, hot water, TV, Wifi, fully-equipped kitchens, showers […]

Swap your car for a boat for a lower carbon holiday

Canals were the transport arteries of the industrial revolution, but today they offer the opportunity to take a lower carbon emission holiday. When you swap your car for a boat, you’ll be using a third of the fuel and emitting a sixth of the pollution, and enjoying a holiday that has a 20 times smaller […]

Top 10 tips for narrowboat novices

Spring is here and Britain’s beautiful canal network offers over 2,000 miles of waterways to explore.  If you’ve ever fancied taking a canal boat holiday, what better time to take the plunge? You don’t need to be an expert to hire a canal boat and each year around one fifth of narrowboat hirers are new […]

Top 6 Bank Holiday Boating Breaks

To celebrate the approaching Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, we’ve put together our top six short break narrowboat holidays: Visit Georgian Bath afloat – on a short break from our narrowboat hire base at Devizes in Wiltshire, boaters can travel gently along the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal to reach moorings at Sydney Wharf, on the […]