narrowboat hire

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 ghostly goings-on on the waterways

Posted by on September 19, 2016 at 10:10 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. From shaggy coated beings to shrieking boggarts, we’ve put together our Top 7 spookiest spots: 1. Be stunned at Standedge Tunnel…at 3.25 miles […]

Babies Afloat

Posted by on September 8, 2016 at 8:20 am

Narrowboat holidays are often said to be the best way to relax – and parents with babies probably need the chance to do that more than most. Canal boats are like floating holiday cottages, with all the comforts of home on board. Drifters’ six-berth family boat ‘Lucy May’, which operates out of our Stockton canal […]

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 10 nautical phrases

Posted by on August 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm

As we were once a great sea-faring nation, much of our everyday language is peppered with nautical references. We’ve put together our favourite everyday phrases with nautical origins to ‘Chew the Fat’ over on your next adventure afloat: 1. Barge in – barge has two nautical meanings: a flag officer’s boat; or a flat-bottomed workboat […]

Top of the Rings

Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys along several different waterways, taking in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with steep flights of locks and long dark tunnels to negotiate. While others, like the Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for narrowboat holiday beginners. Here are our Top […]

Visit a National Park by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

Canal boat holidays offer the chance to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph is the perfect way to relax, unwind and take in the scenery. And narrowboat holiday-makers can wake up every day in a new location, with all the comforts […]

Canal Boat Garden to inspire visitors to BBC Gardener’s World Live

Posted by on June 14, 2016 at 1:59 pm

This year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live will feature a Canal Boat Garden by award winning designer Paul Stone, celebrating the Midlands’ canal network. The Canal & River Trust and Drifters member ABC Boat Hire will be exhibiting at the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 16-19 June 2016. Visitors to the Canal & […]

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 […]