narrowboat holidays

Pennine One-way trips – available all season

Posted by on June 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Drifters offers new one-way canal boat holidays Drifters Waterway Holiday bases at Stretton on the North Oxford Canal near Rugby and Stockton on the Grand Union Canal close to Braunston have teamed up to offer some new one-way trips in June and July. The collaboration gives narrowboat holiday-makers the chance to see more of the […]

Visit the Llangollen Eisteddfod by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

The 66th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals, takes place from 3-8 July 2012 and is easily accessible from the Llangollen Canal. So why not combine a canal boat holiday with a trip to the Eisteddfod? The Eisteddfod has been staged at Llangollen since 1947.  Each year over 4,000 […]

Drifters attends Braunston Historic Boat Rally

Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Drifters canal boat hire operator Rose Narrowboats will be at the 2012 Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival (23-24 June) showcasing its 60ft long, eight-berth boat Cascade. Over 80 historic boats will gather at this year’s Historic Boat Rally, held annually at Braunston Marina. The event, which raises money for the canals and local […]

Visit an Edinburgh Festival by Canal Boat

Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

Edinburgh, the world’s Festival City, is a delightful 12 hour cruise along the Union Canal from Drifters’ base at Falkirk. Once in Edinburgh, there are centrally located moorings in Edinburgh Quay, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street. So why not take a canal boat holiday this summer and enjoy an Edinburgh Festival at the […]

Enjoy the Breacon Beacons Afloat

Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 1:30 am

The beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, which celebrated its bicentenary this year, meanders its way through the Brecon Beacons National Park for 36 miles, offering a fantastic canal boat holiday. Isolated from the main canal network, the canal is quieter than others and arguably one of the most picturesque, with diverse scenery and glorious views […]

Visit Warwick Castle by Canal Boat

Posted by on May 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Warwick Castle, said to host ‘Britain’s Greatest Mediaeval experience’, is close the Grand Union Canal and easily accessible on a canal boat holiday from Drifters’ bases at Stockton, Napton, Rugby, Tardebigge, Stoke Prior and Stretton. The Castle, with a history dating back almost 1,100 years, offers a fantastic day out with stunning towers and ramparts […]

Visit Saltaire & The Hockney Gallery by canal boat

Posted by on May 17, 2012 at 1:56 am

You can easily reach Sir Titus Salt’s fascinating model town at Saltaire in West Yorkshire on a week’s narrowboat holiday from Drifters’ base at Sowerby Bridge. Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Bradford, was founded by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the woollen industry in 1851. […]

A two hundred year old canal

Posted by on May 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

It is quite hard for us to imagine what life must have been like two hundred years ago. There were few roads – only muddy tracks. No railways, either. So, when the Industrial Revolution started, the real problem facing those who wanted to take advantage of it was how to move the raw materials from […]

The Droitwich Canal

Posted by on May 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

The Droitwich Canal is now celebrating its first full year since re-opening to navigation. So, it’s still a bit of an unknown to most people on the canals – this makes it rather exciting. Droitwich Spa is just north of Worcester and it’s easy to get to from several Drifters bases (Alvechurch, Tardebigge, Stoke Prior […]

Top of the Rings

Posted by on April 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

…Drifters Waterway Holidays picks 10 of the best canal cruising 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 steep flights of locks and long dark tunnels to negotiate.  While others, like the new […]