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Top 6 Halloween Destinations Afloat

September 18, 2017

With ghosts galore, bats and frogs aplenty, creepy tunnels, spooky locks and misty towpaths, Britain’s 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween. Here’s our guide to the spookiest canal destinations: 1. Beware the blood stained steps at Brindley Bank – the Trent & Mersey Canal at Brindley Bank Aqueduct in […]

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All aboard for autumn afloat

August 15, 2017

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways. These colours are dramatically mirrored in the water and there’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way, including the arrival of flocks of birds in search of berries.  There are […]

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Stan Cullimore’s River Thames Diary – it’s a lovely way to live

August 12, 2017

There’s a lot to be said for messing about in boats. Living life beyond the river banks. It’s a wonderful way to slow down and unwind. Which is why Mrs Cullimore and I recently decided to spend a week slowly chugging up and down the River Thames to Wallingford and back. Setting off from Drifters’ […]

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Best Bank Holiday Boating Breaks

August 4, 2017

To celebrate the approaching August bank holiday, we’ve put together our top six short break narrowboat holidays: 1. Cruise peacefully along the Caldon Canal…from Drifters’ Peak District canal boat hire base at Stoke on Trent on the Trent & Mersey Canal, a trip along Wedgewood’s Caldon Canal is a great short break route for beginners. Originally […]

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Top 5 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays

July 10, 2017

To celebrate Yorkshire Day (1 August), we’ve put together our Top 5 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays for 2017. Prices from our Yorkshire bases start at £405 for a short break (three or four nights), £620 for a week on a boat for two people. 1. Travel one-way across the Pennines…Starting from Drifters’ base at Barnoldswick […]

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Celebrate National Parks Week Afloat

June 5, 2017

Taking a canal boat holiday is a great way to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph, it’s easy to unwind and take in the scenery. To celebrate National Parks Week (24-30 July), we’ve put together our Top 3 National Park canal boat holidays: […]

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Drifters Top 5 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

May 31, 2017

Narrowboat holidays are great for families – giving the chance to set off together on a micro-adventure afloat, learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spot wildlife and explore waterside attractions along the way. It’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat and you don’t need a […]

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Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

May 30, 2017

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to treat Dads with a fun day out on the water, nourished by a pint and a pub lunch along the way. We now offer day boat hire at 18 of our bases.  Full tuition is included so if you are new canal boating, we’ll help you […]

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Top 5 half term holidays afloat

May 18, 2017

Canal boat holidays are great for families – take off together on a micro-adventure afloat, learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way. It’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat and you don’t need a licence.  […]

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Over 3,800 people got afloat at our National Open Day

April 27, 2017

Here at Drifters we are delighted to announce that over 3,800 people enjoyed a free canal boat trip at one of our open day events held on Sunday 23 April 2017. The event, which was supported by the Canal & River Trust, offered narrowboat holiday taster sessions at 19 of our canal boat hire bases […]

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