Kennet and Avon Canal

Drifters’ A to Z of canal boat holidays

Posted by on November 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

A is for Anderton Boat Lift – also known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, this fascinating example of Victorian engineering provides a 15-metre vertical link between the Trent & Mersey Canal and River Weaver Navigation. B is for Bingley Five-Rise Locks – completed in 1774, this spectacular staircase of locks on the Leeds & […]

Top 8 Narrowboat Holidays for Novices

Posted by on October 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Each year, around one fifth of canal boat hirers are newcomers. A licence isn’t required to steer a narrowboat and all our operators provide boat steering tuition as part of their holiday packages. Here’s a list of our top eight canal boat holidays for beginners: 1. Discover the Breacon Beacons afloat – the beautiful Mon […]

Top 10 Christmas breaks on the canals

Posted by on October 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Cruising gently through quiet countryside and stopping off at rural local pubs along the way, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We offer winter breaks* from a number of our bases, giving you the chance to enjoy snug evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs […]

Top 7 Autumn Breaks Afloat

Posted by on August 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways, where the colours are dramatically mirrored in the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way during the autumn months, including the arrival of flocks of fieldfare and redwing […]

Top 5 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

Narrowboat holidays offer families the chance to set off on a summer holiday adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Drifters offers the choice of over 580 boats from 45 bases across England, Wales and Scotland. All our operators […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 9:11 am

‘Ratty’ from ‘Wind in the Willows’, famously pronounced ‘there is nothing half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats’. 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 […]

Top 5 Bank Holiday Boating Breaks

Posted by on April 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

May is a great time to take to the water, with the British countryside bursting into life and many of our waterside towns and cities putting on special events over the bank holiday weekend. Our 2016 late May bank holiday (27-30 May) canal boat hire prices start at £625 for a short break (three or […]

Top 5 Easter Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on March 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks, navigate tunnels, speak the boating lingo, spot wildlife, explore traffic-free towpaths and visit waterside attractions along the way. Our Easter prices start at £495 for a short break (three or four […]

Hire a canal boat for Mother’s Day

Posted by on January 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working Mums with a relaxing day afloat, nourished by a posh picnic afloat or a pub lunch along the way. We offer day boat hire from 11 of our bases, with prices starting at less than £10 per person. Full tuition is included so […]

Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2016

Posted by on December 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

With boats travelling at a maximum speed of 4mph and over 3,000 miles of navigable peaceful inland waterways to explore across Britain, canal boat holidays really are the fastest way to slow down. From rural retreats to vibrant city centres, narrowboat holiday-makers can use their boat as a floating holiday home and base to explore. […]