boating holidays

Try canal boating for free at our National Open Day

Posted by on November 13, 2018 at 11:23 am

On Sunday 7 April 2019, we are once again offering people the chance to try canal boating for free at 19 of our boat yards across England and Wales. The taster sessions, run with support from the Canal & River Trust, will be on from 11am to 4pm and will include free short trips on […]

Pacific Yachting reviews the Llangollen

Posted by on November 6, 2018 at 9:25 am

Cherie Thiessen of the Canadian Pacific Yachting Magazine took a week long canal boat holiday with Drifters in September, describing it as ‘…the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure’. Travelling along the Llangollen Canal from our canal boat hire base at Whitchurch (run by ABC Boat Hire), here are some of things she said about […]

Top 10 canal boat holidays for beginners

Posted by on October 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm

With Britain’s inland waterways in better shape than ever and the health benefits of spending time by the water proven, narrowboat holidays are becoming increasingly popular. You don’t need a licence to steer a canal boat and all Drifters’ operators provide hirers with boat steering tuition as part of their holiday packages. Today’s narrowboats are […]

Miranda Krestovnikoff on her canal boat holiday in Wales

Posted by on October 19, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Miranda Krestovnikoff, TV presenter and president of the RSPB, describes her recent Drifters canal boat holiday on the Mon & Brec Canal in South Wales: It’s been several years since we’ve ventured out on the canals. On our last trip, a few years back, we chose to go in late October as it was half […]

Top of the locks

Posted by on October 17, 2018 at 10:35 am

There are over 1,800 locks on the 2,000 miles of navigable waterways in England and Wales, all enabling boats to travel up and down hills. These structures have been around for hundreds of years but can be daunting for canal boat holiday newcomers, especially when there are lots of them in quick succession. Fortunately there’s […]

Enjoy Christmas on the canals

Posted by on October 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm

With frosty towpaths, cosy fires and historic waterside pubs, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can be a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Drifters offers winter cruising* from a number of its bases, with boats ranging from snug narrowboats for two to family vessels for twelve. It’s free to moor […]

Top 8 October Half Term Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on September 17, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Narrowboat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together, learning how to navigate the waterways and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside pubs and attractions along the way. So if you are thinking of packing up and shipping out […]

Top 9 Halloween destinations afloat

Posted by on September 6, 2018 at 8:49 am

With ghosts galore, bats, toads, moths, spiders and frogs aplenty – as well as creepy tunnels, spooky locks and misty towpaths – Britain’s 2,000-mile, 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween. Here’s a guide to our spookiest destinations for Halloween 2018: 1. Look out for the ghost of the lusty […]

All aboard for autumn afloat on the canals

Posted by on August 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

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 […]

Top 5 August Bank Holiday Canal Boat Breaks

Posted by on July 22, 2018 at 3:31 pm

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 […]