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Spending time by the waterways makes you happier

Posted by on May 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm

The Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the nation’s 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, has published research that shows spending time by the waterways can make you happier and improve your life satisfaction. ‘Assessing the wellbeing impacts of waterways usage in England and Wales’ reveals: • the associated benefits of visiting […]

Drifters’ Top 10 Waterside Pubs

Posted by on May 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Hundreds of pubs can be found alongside Britain’s inland waterways, many of them historic rural locals offering the perfect place to eat, drink and relax on a canal boat holiday. With names like the Lock, the Navigation, the Narrowboat and Bridge, canalside pubs often date back to the construction of the canals over 200 years […]

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 12 facts about canal boats

Posted by on November 6, 2017 at 1:36 pm

1. Don’t call it a barge – as its name suggests, a narrowboat is not a barge as they are just seven feet wide and designed to fit Britain’s canal locks, while barges are at least twice as wide 2. Size matters – narrowboats range in length from 32ft to 70ft, and provide accommodation for […]

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 […]

Stan Cullimore’s River Thames Diary – it’s a lovely way to live

Posted by on August 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm

There’s a lot to be said for messing about in boats. Living life beyond the river banks. It’s a wonderful way to slow down and unwind. Which is why Mrs Cullimore and I recently decided to spend a week slowly chugging up and down the River Thames to Wallingford and back. Setting off from Drifters’ […]

Drifters’ A to Z of canal boat holidays

Posted by on November 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

A is for Anderton Boat Lift – also known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, this fascinating example of Victorian engineering provides a 15-metre vertical link between the Trent & Mersey Canal and River Weaver Navigation. B is for Bingley Five-Rise Locks – completed in 1774, this spectacular staircase of locks on the Leeds & […]

Top 8 Narrowboat Holidays for Novices

Posted by on October 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Each year, around one fifth of canal boat hirers are newcomers. A licence isn’t required to steer a narrowboat and all our operators provide boat steering tuition as part of their holiday packages. Here’s a list of our top eight canal boat holidays for beginners: 1. Discover the Breacon Beacons afloat – the beautiful Mon […]

Top 10 Christmas breaks on the canals

Posted by on October 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Cruising gently through quiet countryside and stopping off at rural local pubs along the way, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. We offer winter breaks* from a number of our bases, giving you the chance to enjoy snug evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs […]