Short breaks

Top 6 Halloween Destinations Afloat

Posted by on September 18, 2017 at 4:24 pm

With ghosts galore, 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. Here’s our guide to the spookiest canal destinations: 1. Beware the blood stained steps at Brindley Bank – the Trent & Mersey Canal at Brindley Bank Aqueduct in […]

All aboard for autumn afloat

Posted by on August 15, 2017 at 3:31 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. These colours are dramatically mirrored in the water and there’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way, including the arrival of flocks of birds in search of berries.  There are […]

Best Bank Holiday Boating Breaks

Posted by on August 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

To celebrate the approaching August bank holiday, we’ve put together our top six short break narrowboat holidays: 1. Cruise peacefully along the Caldon Canal…from Drifters’ Peak District canal boat hire base at Stoke on Trent on the Trent & Mersey Canal, a trip along Wedgewood’s Caldon Canal is a great short break route for beginners. Originally […]

Top 5 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on July 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

To celebrate Yorkshire Day (1 August), we’ve put together our Top 5 Yorkshire Canal Boat Holidays for 2017. Prices from our Yorkshire bases start at £405 for a short break (three or four nights), £620 for a week on a boat for two people. 1. Travel one-way across the Pennines…Starting from Drifters’ base at Barnoldswick […]

Celebrate National Parks Week Afloat

Posted by on June 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Taking a canal boat holiday is a great way to explore some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, including a number of our National Parks. Pottering along at just four mph, it’s easy to unwind and take in the scenery. To celebrate National Parks Week (24-30 July), we’ve put together our Top 3 National Park canal boat holidays: […]

Drifters Top 5 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on May 31, 2017 at 5:48 am

Narrowboat holidays are great for families – giving the chance to set off together on a micro-adventure afloat, learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spot wildlife and explore waterside attractions along the way. It’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat and you don’t need a […]

Top 5 half term holidays afloat

Posted by on May 18, 2017 at 8:53 am

Canal boat holidays are great for families – take off together on a micro-adventure afloat, learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way. It’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat and you don’t need a licence.  […]

Top 7 Easter Canal Boat Breaks

Posted by on March 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together – learning how to work the locks and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside attractions along the way.   Here are our top six destinations for Easter 2017: Visit […]

Drifters’ Top 5 Literary Escapes Afloat

Posted by on February 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm

VisitEngland has declared 2017 as the “Year of Literary Heroes” – recognising the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, and other publishing phenomena that have helped put England on the map. To celebrate, we’ve put together our Top 5 Literary escapes afloat: Explore Ted Hughes’ Calderdale by […]

Celebrate 80 years of The Hobbit with a trip through Tolkien country

Posted by on January 11, 2017 at 11:28 am

Published 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, the popularity of JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ endures, not least amongst the canal boat community where dozens of boats bear the names of Tolkien’s characters. Tolkien spent much of his childhood exploring the village of Sarehole (now Hall Green), Moseley Bog, the Malvern Hills, and nearby Bromsgrove, […]