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Steering round the Stourport Ring

Published on September 23, 2017 By pressguru

Mark Whitley, editor of Countryman Magazine recently reviewed his trip around the Stourport Ring, departing from our Stoke Prior base. ‘Britain’s canals were born in the Industrial Revolution and originally served the country’s economic needs, but nowadays serve as places for recreation and pleasure. The Stourport Ring is one of a number of waterways leisure […]

Hire a canal boat for Father’s Day

Published on May 30, 2017 By pressguru

Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to treat Dads with a fun day out on the water, nourished by a pint and a pub lunch along the way. We now offer day boat hire at 18 of our bases.  Full tuition is included so if you are new canal boating, we’ll help you […]

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

Published on January 11, 2017 By pressguru

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, […]

Top of the Rings

Published on July 6, 2016 By pressguru

Cruising rings are popular with canal boat holiday-makers, offering journeys along several different waterways, taking in a huge variety of landscapes. Some are seriously challenging with steep flights of locks and long dark tunnels to negotiate. While others, like the Droitwich Ring, are easier and more suitable for narrowboat holiday beginners. Here are our Top […]

Canal Boat Garden to inspire visitors to BBC Gardener’s World Live

Published on June 14, 2016 By pressguru

This year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live will feature a Canal Boat Garden by award winning designer Paul Stone, celebrating the Midlands’ canal network. The Canal & River Trust and Drifters member ABC Boat Hire will be exhibiting at the event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 16-19 June 2016. Visitors to the Canal & […]

Top 6 Romantic Destinations Afloat

Published on January 11, 2016 By pressguru

Cosy double berths, frosty towpaths and quiet moorings make canals the perfect Romantic hideaway. We offer winter cruising and romantic boats for two from a number of our bases, giving couples the chance to escape on board their very own ‘love boat’. Once afloat, lovers can cuddle up for a romantic evening afloat, or stop-off […]

Celebrate Christmas Afloat

Published on November 2, 2015 By pressguru

With frosty towpaths, cosy fires and traditional pubs, a holiday on Britain’s peaceful canal network can offer a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Eight of our canal boat hire bases offer winter cruising, giving canal boat holiday-makers the chance to enjoy cosy evenings afloat, visit waterside pubs with roaring log fires, […]