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All aboard for autumn afloat on the canals

August 7, 2018

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the vibrant colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways – 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, and wood […]

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Top 5 August Bank Holiday Canal Boat Breaks

July 22, 2018

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. You don’t need a licence and it’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat. Tuition is included as part of all our holiday packages. All our narrowboats have heating, well-equipped kitchens, quality […]

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9 things you need to know about narrowboating

July 10, 2018

The sun is out 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? Here are the top 9 things you need to know about narrowboating: 1. You don’t need a licence – it’s easy to […]

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Why canal boat holidays are great for pets

July 2, 2018

Canal boats provide a floating holiday home, so it’s possible to take all sorts of pets on the canals. And as well as hundreds of dogs each year, Drifters’ canal boat hire operators have accommodated many other kinds of pets aboard their canal boats, including rabbits, hamsters, caged birds, goldfish and tortoises. Here are our […]

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Union Canal Carriers celebrates 50 years afloat

June 25, 2018

Born in the dying days of the canal boat carrying trade on the Grand Union and Oxford Canals at Braunston, and in the year that Barbara Castle’s 1968 Transport Act officially recognised the nation’s canals as a leisure resource, Drifters’ member Union Canal Carriers helped pioneer narrow boating for pleasure. The family-run narrowboat hire firm […]

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Top 9 recent screen moments for canals

June 23, 2018

From romantic waterside encounters to gritty urban scenes, Britain’s canals and rivers have featured in many movies and television shows over the years. And recently, a number of television series have put canal boat holidays at very the centre of the action, with popular series like Tim and Pru’s ‘Great Canal Journeys’ and ‘Celebrity Carry […]

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Top 10 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

June 6, 2018

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. You don’t need a licence and it’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat. Drifters offers 590 narrowboats for hire from 47 bases across England, Scotland and Wales. Our summer holiday prices […]

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Spending time by the waterways makes you happier

May 23, 2018

The Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the nation’s 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, has published research that shows spending time by the waterways can make you happier and improve your life satisfaction. ‘Assessing the wellbeing impacts of waterways usage in England and Wales’ reveals: • the associated benefits of visiting […]

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Drifters’ Top 10 Waterside Pubs

May 21, 2018

Hundreds of pubs can be found alongside Britain’s inland waterways, many of them historic rural locals offering the perfect place to eat, drink and relax on a canal boat holiday. With names like the Lock, the Navigation, the Narrowboat and Bridge, canalside pubs often date back to the construction of the canals over 200 years […]

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Get afloat for Father’s Day

May 11, 2018

  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. Drifters offers day boat hire from 18 canal boat hire yards, from less than £10 per person. Full tuition is included so if […]

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