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Drifters’ A to Z of canal boat holidays

November 4, 2016

A is for Anderton Boat Lift – also known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, this fascinating example of Victorian engineering provides a 15-metre vertical link between the Trent & Mersey Canal and River Weaver Navigation. B is for Bingley Five-Rise Locks – completed in 1774, this spectacular staircase of locks on the Leeds & […]

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Top 8 Narrowboat Holidays for Novices

October 27, 2016

Each year, around one fifth of canal boat hirers are newcomers. A licence isn’t required to steer a narrowboat and all our operators provide boat steering tuition as part of their holiday packages. Here’s a list of our top eight canal boat holidays for beginners: 1. Discover the Breacon Beacons afloat – the beautiful Mon […]

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Top 10 Christmas breaks on the canals

October 14, 2016

Cruising gently through quiet countryside and stopping off at rural local pubs along the way, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We offer winter breaks* from a number of our bases, giving you the chance to enjoy snug evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs […]

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Top 7 ghostly goings-on on the waterways

September 19, 2016

Reputedly playing host to hundreds of ghosts, with 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. From shaggy coated beings to shrieking boggarts, we’ve put together our Top 7 spookiest spots: 1. Be stunned at Standedge Tunnel…at 3.25 miles […]

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Babies Afloat

September 8, 2016

Narrowboat holidays are often said to be the best way to relax – and parents with babies probably need the chance to do that more than most. Canal boats are like floating holiday cottages, with all the comforts of home on board. Drifters’ six-berth family boat ‘Lucy May’, which operates out of our Stockton canal […]

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Top 7 Autumn Breaks Afloat

August 26, 2016

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

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Top 10 nautical phrases

August 12, 2016

As we were once a great sea-faring nation, much of our everyday language is peppered with nautical references. We’ve put together our favourite everyday phrases with nautical origins to ‘Chew the Fat’ over on your next adventure afloat: 1. Barge in – barge has two nautical meanings: a flag officer’s boat; or a flat-bottomed workboat […]

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Top of the Rings

July 6, 2016

Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys along several different waterways, taking in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with steep flights of locks and long dark tunnels to negotiate. While others, like the Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for narrowboat holiday beginners. Here are our Top […]

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Visit a National Park by Canal Boat

June 22, 2016

Canal boat holidays offer the chance to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph is the perfect way to relax, unwind and take in the scenery. And narrowboat holiday-makers can wake up every day in a new location, with all the comforts […]

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Canal Boat Garden to inspire visitors to BBC Gardener’s World Live

June 14, 2016

This year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live will feature a Canal Boat Garden by award winning designer Paul Stone, celebrating the Midlands’ canal network. The Canal & River Trust and Drifters member ABC Boat Hire will be exhibiting at the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 16-19 June 2016. Visitors to the Canal & […]

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