Welcome to all Canal & River Trust staff

Drifters is a collection of some of the most respected names on the waterways. They are all long established companies working together to provide the best choice and the best service. All of the 550 boats exceed the minimum standards of the Tourist Board inspectors.


10% off drifters.co.uk website prices at the point of booking.

This offer is available to:

  • Canal & River Trust staff
  • Staff working for Kier, Land & Water, Fountains, AMCO and Inspired People on CRT contracts
  • Members of Council, Partnerships and Advisory Groups

Ensure that when making the booking you request the Canal & River Trust Staff discount.  This is important, as we cannot allow any discounts retrospectively.

If you are a CRT, Kier, Land & Water, AMCO, or Fountains staff member, you will be asked for your payroll number or Fundraiser ID to qualify.

If you are a Council, Partnership or Advisory Group member, please quote CRT228 

How to make your holiday booking

  1. Check the availability of boats for the date/area you wish to visit here
  2. Once you have selected the holiday that you wish to book, call the Drifters booking team on 0344 984 0322 or email info@drifters.co.uk to make the booking.
  3. Remember that you must state that you are a Canal & River Trust person when making the booking and provide your payroll number.
  4. The discount applies to the boat’s online price at the time of booking, but not any extras, such as fuel or damage waiver.
  5. The discount cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.
  6. The CRT person claiming the discount must be the Hirer, responsible for the boat, and present throughout the holiday.
  7. In the case of bookings for more than one boat, the discount is available only on boats for which condition 6 applies. Additional boats will be subject to the Operator’s normal Flotilla Discount, if applicable.

Drifters Members include:

ABC Boat Hire       

200 boats from 14 bases spread right across the canal network including Scotland. ABC Boat Hire is the largest boat hire company on the canals, but still maintains the high traditions of customer service and top quality boats that the founders instilled when there was just one yard called Alvechurch Boat Centres.

Anglo Welsh Waterways Holidays

With a choice of 11 bases and 160 boats, their cruising options are varied and extensive, with many out and back trips, or cruising rings to choose from.

Black Prince Holidays

100 boats from 9 bases. Black Prince is one of the biggest companies on the canals with strategically situated bases that enable you to explore virtually all the main canals of England, Scotland and Wales.

Shire Cruisers

17 boats from two bases in Yorkshire and (just) Lancashire. Yorkshire’s longest-established hire fleet offers you the rare chance to explore all the county’s navigable waterways, including all three trans-Pennine canals.

Countrywide Cruisers

16 boats from one base in Staffordshire. A small, family company operating from the picture postcard village of Brewood on the Shropshire Union Canal.

Napton Narrowboats

Offering a choice of high quality narrowboats for hire from two bases, Napton Narrowboats offers over 25 years of experience and personal service.  The company has boat yards at Napton on the Oxford Canal and Autherley Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal.

Kate Boats

Operating out of Stockton and Warwick on the Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire, Kate Boats is a family owned narrowboat holiday business offering a range of high quality canal boats for hire.


Based at Devizes in Wiltshire, Foxhangers is family owned and run and has been offering quality self-drive narrowboat holidays on the Kennet & Avon Canal since 1997.

Union Canal Carriers

Offering self-drive narrowboat holidays from its base at Braunston in the heart of the canal network, Union Canal Carriers is a family owned and run business that has been offering canal boats for hire for over 50 years.

Base Waterway Company Tel
Acton Bridge Trent & Mersey Black Prince 01527 575115
Aldermaston Kennet & Avon ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Alvechurch Worcs & Birmingham ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Anderton Trent & Mersey/R Weaver ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Autherley Junction Shropshire Union Canal Napton Narrowboats 01902 789942
Barnoldswick Leeds & Liverpool Shire Cruisers 01422 832712
Bath Sydney Wharf Kennet & Avon Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Blackwater Meadow Llangollen ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Bradford on Avon Kennet & Avon Black Prince 01527 575115
Braunston Grand Union Mainline Union Canal Carriers 01788 890784
Brewood Shropshire Union Countrywide Cruisers 01902 850166
Bunbury Shropshire Union Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Chirk Llangollen Black Prince 01527 575115
Devizes Kennet & Avon Foxhangers 01380 827808
Ely River Ouse Black Prince 01527 575115
Falkirk Union/Forth & Clyde ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Falkirk Union/Forth & Clyde Black Prince 01527 575115
Gailey Staffs & Worcs ABC Boat Hire 01902 790612
Gayton Grand Union ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Goytre Mon & Brec ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Great Haywood Trent & Mersey Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Hilperton Kennet & Avon ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Kings Orchard Staffordshire & Worcestershire ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Lower Heyford Oxford Canal Black Prince 01527 575115
Monkton Coombe Kennet & Avon Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Napton North Oxford Black Prince 01527 575115
Napton Marina Oxford Canal Napton Narrowboats 01926 813644
Oxford River Thames Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Peak District Trent & Mersey/Caldon Canal Black Prince 01527 575115
Rugby North Oxford ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Sowerby Bridge Rochdale Canal/Calder & Hebble Navigation Shire Cruisers 01422 832712
Stockton Grand Union Mainline Kate Boats 01926 492968
Stoke Prior Worcs & Birmingham Black Prince 01527 575115
Tardebigge Worcs & Birmingham Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Trevor Llangollen Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Warwick Grand Union Mainline Kate Boats 01926 492968
Whitchurch Llangollen ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Whixall Marina Llangollen Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Wootton Wawen Stratford Canal Anglo Welsh 0117 304 1122
Worcester Worcs & Birm/River Severn ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590
Wrenbury Llangollen ABC Boat Hire 0330 333 0590