Short breaks

Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2019

Posted by on December 10, 2018 at 6:02 pm

From rural retreats to vibrant city centres, narrowboat holiday-makers can use their boat as a floating holiday home to explore hundreds of waterside destinations and enjoy taking refreshment at historic canalside pubs. Here are Drifters’ Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2019: 1. Go star gazing on the Mon & Brec – isolated from the […]

Canal Boat Holiday Bucket List

Posted by on November 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm

The ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ was compiled over 60 years ago by Robert Aickman, co-founder of the Inland Waterways Association, and published in his book ‘Know Your Waterways’. Here at Drifters, we’ve added the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland (which opened in 2002) to make the perfect Canal Boat Holidays Bucket List: 1. The Pontcysyllte […]

Top 10 Museums to visit afloat

Posted by on November 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Britain’s beautiful 2,000-mile network of navigable canals and rivers passes through some of our most vibrant towns and cities, with exciting world-class Museums to visit along the way. Here are our Top 10 museums to visit afloat in 2019: 1. Visit the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker – from our canal boat hire base at […]

Top 10 canal boat holidays for beginners

Posted by on October 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm

With Britain’s inland waterways in better shape than ever and the health benefits of spending time by the water proven, narrowboat holidays are becoming increasingly popular. You don’t need a licence to steer a canal boat and all Drifters’ operators provide hirers with boat steering tuition as part of their holiday packages. Today’s narrowboats are […]

Miranda Krestovnikoff on her canal boat holiday in Wales

Posted by on October 19, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Miranda Krestovnikoff, TV presenter and president of the RSPB, describes her recent Drifters canal boat holiday on the Mon & Brec Canal in South Wales: It’s been several years since we’ve ventured out on the canals. On our last trip, a few years back, we chose to go in late October as it was half […]

Top of the locks

Posted by on October 17, 2018 at 10:35 am

There are over 1,800 locks on the 2,000 miles of navigable waterways in England and Wales, all enabling boats to travel up and down hills. These structures have been around for hundreds of years but can be daunting for canal boat holiday newcomers, especially when there are lots of them in quick succession. Fortunately there’s […]

Enjoy Christmas on the canals

Posted by on October 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm

With frosty towpaths, cosy fires and historic waterside pubs, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can be a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Drifters offers winter cruising* from a number of its bases, with boats ranging from snug narrowboats for two to family vessels for twelve. It’s free to moor […]

Top 8 October Half Term Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on September 17, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Narrowboat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together, learning how to navigate the waterways and speak the boating lingo, as well as spotting wildlife, exploring traffic-free towpaths and visiting waterside pubs and attractions along the way. So if you are thinking of packing up and shipping out […]

Top 9 Halloween destinations afloat

Posted by on September 6, 2018 at 8:49 am

With ghosts galore, bats, toads, moths, spiders and frogs aplenty – as well as creepy tunnels, spooky locks and misty towpaths – Britain’s 2,000-mile, 200-year old canal network provides the perfect backdrop for a haunting Halloween. Here’s a guide to our spookiest destinations for Halloween 2018: 1. Look out for the ghost of the lusty […]

All aboard for autumn afloat on the canals

Posted by on August 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the vibrant colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways – dramatically mirrored in the water. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way during the autumn months, including flocks of fieldfare and redwing searching for hawthorn berries, and wood […]