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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ten good reasons to take a canal boat holiday.

Posted by on October 9, 2012 at 12:32 am

  It’s the fastest way to slow down – with speed limits of 4mph and hundreds of miles of tranquil unspoilt countryside to cruise through, on a narrowboat holiday stress levels are immediately reduced and a whole new much steadier pace of life takes over. Freedom – across the majority of our 3,000-mile inland waterways […]

Watch out for Wildlife

Posted by on October 2, 2012 at 12:20 am

Britain’s canals and rivers have become important havens for wildlife so canal boat holidays are great for anyone interested in nature. Many kinds of animals live on the canals, from common sights such as ducks, coots, geese, swans and moorhens, to rarer creatures like otters, kingfishers and water voles. On a narrowboat holiday, as you […]

Top of the Rings

Posted by on September 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Top of the Rings Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys which travel along several different waterways and take in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with long flights of locks and deep tunnels to negotiate.  While others, like the new Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for […]