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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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Canal boat holidays are great for pets

June 16, 2014

Canal boat holidays are perfect for dogs, with plenty of towpath walks, dog-friendly canalside pubs and other dogs to meet along the way. And as well as hundreds of dogs, Drifters canal boat hire operators have accommodated many other kinds of pets aboard their floating holiday homes, including rabbits, hamsters, caged birds, a goldfish and […]

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Top 10 Summer Holidays on the Canals

June 4, 2014

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit historic waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers a huge range of family canal boat holidays, with school summer holiday prices starting at £635 for a […]

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Drifters’ top 5 canalside pubs

May 7, 2014

There are hundreds of lovely waterside pubs across the canal network but we’ve put together a list of our top 10: 1. The George at Bathampton is on the Kennet & Avon Canal just half an hour by boat from our canal boat hire base at Bath and two-and-a-half hours from Bradford on Avon. Once […]

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Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

May 1, 2014

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 offer day boat hire from ten of our bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included so those new to canal […]

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Tim & Pru make ‘Grand Canal Journeys’

March 6, 2014

Often aboard Drifters’ boats, actors and national treasures Timothy West and Prunella Scales star in a new four-part canal adventure TV series on More4. Approaching their 80’s and determined to keep canal adventuring for as long as they can, ‘Grand Canal Journeys’, which starts next Monday, follows these narrow-boating heroes as they celebrate their golden […]

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Top 10 short breaks

March 4, 2014

With two bank holidays in May on the horizon, we’ve put together our top 10 short break canal boat holidays to help you plan your bank holiday afloat. 1. Experience the World Heritage City of Bath…Bath City centre with its fabulous Georgian architecture, is a delightful seven-hour cruise from our base at Bradford on Avon on […]

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Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

February 10, 2014

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working Mums with a relaxing day floating along a canal or river, nourished by a posh picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire from nine of its bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included […]

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Take a Canal Boat Holiday this Easter

February 3, 2014

Easter is a great time of year to take to the water and watch the countryside bursting back to life – with newborn lambs, spring flowers and hedgerows buzzing with busy birds. Many canalside attractions, like Cadbury’s World near Birmingham and the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, will be hosting special Easter events, so why […]

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Take to the canals for half term

January 17, 2014

A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving families the chance to get afloat in the February half term holidays. Narrowboat holidays are fantastic for families – setting off on an adventure together, learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and […]

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