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Drifters helps Julia Bradbury explore the Wonder of Britain

January 3, 2015

A brand new series for ITV celebrates some of the most impressive natural and manmade wonders that make Britain great, including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales. Julia Bradbury embarks on a stunning 12,000-mile journey around the country to some of Britain’s most spectacular locations and chooses some of the greatest […]

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Celebrate the Worcester & Birmingham Canal’s Bicentenary

December 1, 2014

…travel along this beautiful historic waterway, from the cathedral City of Worcester, through the green hills of Worcestershire to the vibrant centre of Birmingham In 2015 it will be 200 years since the Worcester & Birmingham Canal opened. This popular 29-mile long historic waterway starts in Worcester as an off-shoot of the River Severn, and […]

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Try canal boating for free at Drifters National Open Day Event

November 18, 2014

On Sunday 19 April 2015, Drifters is offering people the chance to try canal boating at 22 of its narrowboat hire bases across England and Wales. The free taster sessions, which are supported by the Canal & River Trust, will include boat tours, holiday discounts and free trips on skippered boats. Details of what each site […]

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Top 5 epic canal boat journeys

November 5, 2014

Britain’s 2,000-mile canal network offers a huge variety of canal boat holiday routes, from easy short breaks with no locks through to epic journeys around cruising rings, which take weeks and involve a lot of locks! Weekly hire in 2015 starts at £480 and Drifters operators usually offer discounts on the second week of hire. […]

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Celebrate Christmas on the Canals

October 20, 2014

Britain’s canals can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Six of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving canal boat holiday-makers the chance to enjoy cosy evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs with roaring log fires, and wake-up to frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. Whether it’s a snug […]

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Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2015

September 30, 2014

With boats travelling at a maximum speed of 4mph, a canal boat holiday really is the fastest way to slow down. There are over 3,000 miles of peaceful canals and rivers to explore across Britain – from rural retreats to vibrant city centres. Drifters offers over 500 boats for hire from 37 canal boat hire locations […]

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Chill out on a canal boat holiday this Halloween

September 11, 2014

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 afloat. Here are a few of the spookiest places to go: • Get the chills in Chester…visit the City’s old Northgate where the […]

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Top 5 Autumn breaks afloat

September 1, 2014

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways. And there are plenty of foraging opportunities along the way – look out for apples, blackberries, elderberries, damsons and sloes and make freshly-picked fruit crumbles on board. Here are our top five […]

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Top 10 August bank holidays afloat

July 11, 2014

Canal boat holidays are great for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together, learn how to work the locks, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. All our operators provide hirers with life jackets and boat steering tuition. Bikes can be stored on the roof of […]

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Top 10 reasons to take a canal boat holiday

June 27, 2014

1. It’s the fastest way to slow down – with speed limits of 4mph and hundreds of miles of tranquil unspoilt countryside to cruise through, stress levels are immediately reduced on a narrowboat holiday and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over 2. Freedom to explore – the majority of our inland […]

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