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Drifters to open new base at Whixall

Posted by on February 14, 2019 at 10:36 am

From 5 April 2019, Drifters member Anglo Welsh Waterway Holidays will begin offering narrowboat hire from Whixall Marina, on the Prees Branch of the Llangollen Canal in Shropshire. From Whixall Marina, deep in the Shropshire countryside, it takes just 30 minutes to reach the main line of the Llangollen Canal – one of the most […]

Celebrate Mother’s Day Afloat

Posted by on February 4, 2019 at 4:43 pm

This year Mothering Sunday coincides with the start of British Summer Time (Sunday 31 March 2019), so what better way to celebrate than by taking to the water for a relaxing day afloat on a canal boat, stopping off at a pub for lunch along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire from 16 boat […]

Top 6 Canal Mysteries

Posted by on January 23, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Britain’s 2,000-mile long and 200-year old canal network is a treasure trove of historic structures, a haven for wildlife and is steeped in folklore and mystery.  To celebrate the rich tapestry of canal history and habitat, here at Drifters we’ve put together our Top 6 Canal Mysteries for visitors and holiday-makers to explore: Why was […]

Top 5 Easter Canal Boat Breaks

Posted by on January 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

Canal boat holidays are fantastic for families, offering the chance to set off on an adventure together out in the open air, 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 five destinations for […]

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 […]

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 […]

9 things you need to know about narrowboating

Posted by on July 10, 2018 at 11:16 am

The sun is out and Britain’s beautiful canal network offers over 2,000 miles of waterways to explore. If you’ve ever fancied taking a canal boat holiday, what better time to take the plunge? Here are the top 9 things you need to know about narrowboating: 1. You don’t need a licence – it’s easy to […]

Why canal boat holidays are great for pets

Posted by on July 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

Canal boats provide a floating holiday home, so it’s possible to take all sorts of pets on the canals. And as well as hundreds of dogs each year, Drifters’ canal boat hire operators have accommodated many other kinds of pets aboard their canal boats, including rabbits, hamsters, caged birds, goldfish and tortoises. Here are our […]

Top 9 recent screen moments for canals

Posted by on June 23, 2018 at 9:45 am

From romantic waterside encounters to gritty urban scenes, Britain’s canals and rivers have featured in many movies and television shows over the years. And recently, a number of television series have put canal boat holidays at very the centre of the action, with popular series like Tim and Pru’s ‘Great Canal Journeys’ and ‘Celebrity Carry […]

Top 10 Summer Canal Boat Holidays

Posted by on June 6, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Travelling through the countryside and waterside towns and villages at just four-miles-an-hour, canal boat holidays are the fastest way to slow down. You don’t need a licence and it’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat. Drifters offers 590 narrowboats for hire from 47 bases across England, Scotland and Wales. Our summer holiday prices […]