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Top 20 Canal Boat Names

Posted by on June 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

With the help of the Canal & River Trust, Drifters has gathered a list of the top 20 most popular canal boat names: 1. Kingfisher 2. Dragonfly 3. Phoenix 4. Willow 5. Merlin 6. Poppy 7. Serenity 8. Tranquility 9. Serendipity 10. Sapphire  11. Dreamcatcher 12. Free Spirit 13. Blue Moon 14. Freedom 15. Narrow Escape 16. Grace 17. Bluebell 18. […]

Visit a castle on your next canal boat holiday

Posted by on May 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Narrowboat holidays are a great way to sightsee and there are hundreds of top historic attractions on, or close to, Britain’s 3,000-mile canal network. We’ve listed of our top five favourite canalside castles to visit on your next holiday afloat, together with our nearest canal boat hire base.   Warwick Castle on the River Avon…said to be […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Posted by on April 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

  Pubs and boats – sound like a good combination for a Father’s Day treat? Most Dads would agree there’s nothing quite like messing about in boats, so why not hire a canal boat for the day and plan a visit to a pub along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire at nine of […]

Visit a National Trust property on your canal boat holiday

Posted by on March 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

There are dozens of National Trust properties within easy reach of our canals and rivers, making them great places to stop-off at on your narrowboat holiday. We’ve put together a list of our top 10, together with Drifters’ nearest canal boat hire base: The Rock Houses at Kinver Edge on the Staffs & Worcester Canal…Kinver’s […]

Culture on the Canals

Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

There are dozens of fantastic art and historic centres on or very close to Britain’s 3,000 mile canal and river network. We’ve put together a list of our top five cultural destinations to head for on your narrowboat holiday, together with our nearest canal boat hire base. ***The Swan Theatre in Stratford…Drifters’ base at Wootton […]

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 […]

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 […]

Visit the Montgomery Canal

Posted by on December 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Although only seven miles of this incredibly beautiful and remote canal is currently navigable, a narrowboat holiday along The Monty is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. Once derelict, the Montgomery Canal reverted back to nature so well that much of it has become a haven for rare plants and animals and some sections have been […]