Llangollen Canal

Drifters helps Julia Bradbury explore the Wonder of Britain

Posted by on January 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

A brand new series for ITV celebrates some of the most impressive natural and manmade wonders that make Britain great, including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales. Julia Bradbury embarks on a stunning 12,000-mile journey around the country to some of Britain’s most spectacular locations and chooses some of the greatest […]

Celebrate Christmas on the Canals

Posted by on October 20, 2014 at 9:06 am

Britain’s canals can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Six of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving canal boat holiday-makers the chance to enjoy cosy evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs with roaring log fires, and wake-up to frosty towpaths and crisp clean air. Whether it’s a snug […]

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 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 […]