By Giselle Whiteaker As soon as we board Selene at Drifters narrowboat hire base in Braunston, Northamptonshire, we fall in love. Despite being true to the name in narrowness, the narrowboat feels surprisingly spacious inside, with room to manoeuvre and clever touches, like a mobile folding table that can be used inside or outside. We […]
With the school holidays about to get underway, the Canal & River Trust, the charity that looks after 2,000 miles of waterways across England & Wales, is urging those looking to enjoy a holiday in the slow lane this summer to act quickly with bookings for canal boat holidays enjoying a huge resurgence as people […]
A canal boat holiday is a great way to enjoy the splendid colours of autumn in the hedgerows and trees that line our waterways, as they are 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, […]
Day boat hire on Britain’s peaceful network of inland waterways is a great way to explore your local countryside this summer. Drifters offers day boat hire from 16 boat yards across England and Wales, with prices starting from less than £10 per person. Full tuition is included so if you’re new to canal boating, it’s […]
Britain’s 2,000-mile long and 200-year old canal network is a treasure trove of historic structures, many of them quirky and unorthodox. It’s also a haven for wildlife, but not always what you might expect. To celebrate the rich tapestry of canal history and habitat, we’ve put together our Top 10 Quirky Canal Facts: Terrapins – […]
Following government guidance, Drifters operators are planning to restart their holidays on 4 July. Our self-drive narrowboat holidays provide a floating holiday home for cruising through the countryside, watching out for wildlife and enjoying walks along towpaths and connecting footpaths along the way. You can take all the supplies you need, and you have the […]
Our self-drive narrowboat holidays provide a floating holiday home to escape aboard into the countryside, watching out for wildlife and enjoying walks along towpaths and connecting footpaths. You can take all the supplies you need and have the freedom to moor up for the night alongside rural towpaths. From forest bathing in Shropshire to wildlife […]
Canals are back on our screens with a new Channel 5 series ‘Celebrity Britain by Barge: Then & Now’. The series began on Friday 14 February, starring Bill Oddie, Anne Diamond, Jennie Bond and Pete Waterman aboard a number of Drifters’ narrowboats. In the first episode, the celebrities travel along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal […]
Day boat hire on Britain’s peaceful network of inland waterways is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day (21 June), enjoying a relaxing day afloat on the first day of summer and stopping off for lunch and a pint at a canalside pub along the way. Drifters offers day boat hire from 17 boat yards […]
@richardf Hi again Richard - how about Ponty? And have you got any ideas who might have images? I don't have enough followers for a shout-out but will try!
@richardf Thanks Richard - will suggest that instead - then I'll need an image! Will ask Foxhangers.