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Top 6 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays

March 16, 2016

With the Leeds & Liverpool Canal celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and a new pop-up base established at Ashton-under-Lyne, we’ve put together our Top 6 Yorkshire holidays for 2016. 2016 prices from our Yorkshire bases start at £415 for a short break (three or four nights), £610 for a week on a boat for […]

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Drifters creates pop-up fleet at Ashton

March 15, 2016

Despite the serious damage to Yorkshire’s waterways as a result of the Boxing Day floods, Drifters’ member Shire Cruisers has started the season on time, with holidays beginning this week from both its Sowerby Bridge and Barnoldswick bases, plus a new pop-up fleet at Ashton-under-Lyne. Short break boaters travelling from Sowerby Bridge can enjoy the […]

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Celebrate the Brindley 300

March 8, 2016

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the pioneering canal engineer James Brindley. Brindley was responsible for eight waterways, stretching 360 miles, including the Bridgewater Canal, the first of the industrial age. Born in 1716, the son of hill farmers near Buxton, at the age of 17 Brindley was apprenticed to a […]

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Top 5 Easter Canal Boat Holidays

March 1, 2016

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Our Easter prices start at £495 for a short break (three or four […]

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We have 7 new bases for 2016

February 24, 2016

We’ve added seven new departure points to our canal boat hire offering, giving our customers booking narrowboat holidays in 2016 the choice of 45 starting points and 588 boats across England, Scotland and Wales. Kate Boats at Warwick, Union Canal Carriers at Braunston, Ashby Boats at Stoke Golding near Nuneaton, Valley Cruises at Stratford Upon Avon and Coventry Canal Basin, […]

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Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

January 25, 2016

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working Mums with a relaxing day afloat, nourished by a posh picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. We offer day boat hire from 11 of our bases, with prices starting at less than £10 per person. Full tuition is included so […]

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Top 8 canal events in 2016

January 18, 2016

Britain’s canals and rivers host hundreds of exciting events each year, bringing people to the waterways and celebrating all the things that make them special. Here’s our pick of the best events in 2016: 1. Crick Boat Show, 28-30 May 2016…over 200 exhibitors will gather at Crick Marina on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union […]

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Top 6 Romantic Destinations Afloat

January 11, 2016

Cosy double berths, frosty towpaths and quiet moorings make canals the perfect Romantic hideaway. We offer winter cruising and romantic boats for two from a number of our bases, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own ‘love boat’. Once afloat, lovers can cuddle up for a romantic evening afloat, or stop-off […]

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Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2016

December 29, 2015

With boats travelling at a maximum speed of 4mph and over 3,000 miles of navigable peaceful inland waterways to explore across Britain, canal boat holidays really are the fastest way to slow down. From rural retreats to vibrant city centres, narrowboat holiday-makers can use their boat as a floating holiday home and base to explore. […]

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Shire Cruisers Highly Commended in Yorkshire Tourism Awards

November 11, 2015

Drifters’ member Shire Cruisers was given special recognition at Yorkshire Tourism’s White Rose Awards on 9 November, being ‘Highly Commended’ under the ‘Self-catering’ category. The awards are the biggest tourism awards in the UK and have been recognising tourism stars for more than 25 years Shire Cruisers was one of nearly 100 businesses – and […]

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