boating holidays

BANK HOLIDAY BOATING – Our top 10 short breaks

Posted by on February 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

With two bank holidays on the horizon, we’ve put together an inspirational list of our top ten short break canal boat holidays: Enjoy the Pennines afloat…from our base at Sowerby Bridge on the junction of the Rochdale Canal and Calder & Hebble Navigation, a trip to historic Todmorden is the perfect short break destination.  Climbing […]

Year of the Snake

Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Year of the Snake Chinese New Year will be celebrated by a third of the world’s population on Sunday (10 February) and this year is the year of the Snake. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of serpent-related canal boat holiday destinations: Look out for our native grass snake…from April to September, narrowboat holiday-makers […]

RURAL SPRING BREAKS ON THE CANALS

Posted by on February 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

Spring is a great time of year to take to the water as the countryside bursts into new life – trees come into leaf, birds nest and spring flowers emerge on the towpath. Canal boat holidays offer the chance to see the abundance of wildlife that lives in and around our beautiful 3,000 mile inland […]

Visit a Waterway Museum

Posted by on January 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

To find out more about the fascinating history of our canal network, including the people who built and worked on it, why not visit a waterway museum on your canal boat holiday. We’ve listed our favourite museums and visitor attractions, together with the nearest Drifters canal boat hire base. The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere […]

ENJOY AN ADVENTURE AFLOAT AT EASTER

Posted by on January 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

…and visit waterside attractions along the way, including Cadbury World, the Sea Life Centre at Brindley Place, National Garden Festival, SS Great Britain, Standedge Tunnel and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Drifters is offering some fantastic UK family canal boat hire breaks on our beautiful inland waterway network at Easter, with prices starting at just £536 for a […]

Top 10 reasons why canal boat holidays are great for families

Posted by on January 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

  It’s the fastest way to slow down: canal boat holidays give families the chance escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the hectic school run.  And slowing right down to four miles per hour allows everyone to live life in the moment again; Embark on a new adventure together: families can work […]

Take a romantic canal boat holiday for two this Valentine’s

Posted by on January 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Cosy double berths, wood burning stoves, frosty towpaths and still moorings make canals the perfect romantic hideaway. A number of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising and luxury boats for two, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own ‘love boat’! Once afloat, light the on-board wood-burning stove and cuddle […]

DRIFTERS TOP 10 CANAL BOAT HOLIDAYS FOR 2013

Posted by on November 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Take a one-way trip through the Pennines…One of the great canal journeys this takes you across the backbone of England and through the heart of West Riding, in scenery varying from the timeless calm of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal summit to the hubbub of Leeds waterfront.  Highlights: the Stanley Ferry aqueducts; Leeds waterfront and […]

ROUTES PUBLISHED FOR 2013 HOTEL BOAT HOLIDAYS

Posted by on November 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Flagships, a collection of small family-run hotel boat businesses, has published it 2013 journeys – offering the choice of over 75 narrowboat holidays. Hotel boating on the canals offers all the benefits of a relaxing cruise on Britain’s beautiful inland waterways, with the catering and navigating chores taken out of it.  Singletons, couples, families or […]

FILMS MADE ON THE CANALS…take a canal boat holiday and follow in the wake of the stars!

Posted by on October 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  From romantic waterside encounters to gritty urban scenes, Britain’s canals and rivers have featured in many movies and television shows over the years. To celebrate this, Drifters Waterway Holidays (www.drifters.co.uk) has put together a list of some of its favourite waterway starring moments and listed the closest canal boat hire bases: • The World […]