boating holidays

Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2015

Posted by on September 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

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 […]

Chill out on a canal boat holiday this Halloween

Posted by on September 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

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 […]

Top 5 Autumn breaks afloat

Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 8:52 am

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 […]

Top 10 August bank holidays afloat

Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

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 […]

Top 10 reasons to take a canal boat holiday

Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 10:40 am

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 […]

Canal boat holidays are great for pets

Posted by on June 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

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 […]

Top 10 Summer Holidays on the Canals

Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

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 […]

Drifters’ top 5 canalside pubs

Posted by on May 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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 […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

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 […]

Tim & Pru make ‘Grand Canal Journeys’

Posted by on March 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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 […]