Short breaks

Ten reasons to take a canal boat holiday

Posted by on January 24, 2018 at 9:31 am

With Britain’s inland waterways in better shape than ever, narrowboat holidays are becoming increasingly popular, and there are now more boats on the canal network than at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Each year, around one fifth of canal boat hirers are newcomers. A licence isn’t required to steer a narrowboat and all our […]

Top 4 Romantic Destinations Afloat

Posted by on January 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Cosy double berths, quiet moorings and historic canalside pubs with roaring log fires make canals the perfect Romantic hideaway. Drifters offers winter cruising* and romantic boats for two from a number of its bases, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own ‘love boat’. Today’s canal boats are fully equipped with all […]

Top 10 canal boat holidays for 2018

Posted by on December 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

With boats travelling at a maximum speed of 4mph, and over 3,000 miles of navigable peaceful inland waterways to explore across Britain, canal boat holidays really are the fastest way to slow down.  From rural retreats to vibrant city centres, narrowboat holiday-makers can use their boat as a floating holiday home to explore. Drifters’ offers […]

A family afloat in Yorkshire – spending quality time together

Posted by on December 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

A recent survey suggested that the pace and pressures of 21st-century living are taking their toll, with families, on average, now spending fewer than seven hours of quality time together each week. Heron Publications editor Mike Firth decided to do something to redress the balance by taking his family – and their dog – on […]

Top 5 Christmas Canal Getaways

Posted by on October 30, 2017 at 12:18 pm

With frosty towpaths, peaceful rural retreats and historic waterside pubs, a narrowboat holiday on Britain’s canal network can offer 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 craft for two to family vessels for twelve. It’s free to […]

Travelling along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal

Posted by on October 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Janie van de Pas, from the Dutch travel blog Britblog, recently took a mid-week break with a friend, travelling from our narrowboat hire base at Tardebigge along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to Birmingham City Centre and back, aboard the 62ft six-berth ‘Wharfdale’. Here’s a translated edit of her review: Day 1 – Heading to […]

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 […]