The measures we have put in place to help control the spread of Covid-19
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to our boat yards. We have put in place measures to help keep our staff and customers safe during the pandemic.
These measures are based on the guidelines that have been produced by government, British Marine and the Canal & River Trust.
- Social distancing: We have put in place new social distancing measures at all our boat yards. These include signage to help keep staff and customers two metres apart, as well as staggering boat collection and return times to reduce the number of people on site at one time.
- Cleaning: We have introduced extra cleaning measures for all our boats between each hire. This includes the use of approved antiviral cleaning products, and paying extra attention to surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles, taps, guard rails and keys. Our reception areas are also regularly cleaned, and hand gel or hand washing facilities are available.
- Boat Handovers: We are providing extra information to customers in advance of their holidays, about our boats and how to operate them. Handovers will be done a little differently, but you will meet one of our professional instructors and be shown how to steer and operate the boat. Handover staff will wear masks.
Individual Drifters operators are providing more information about the measures they have put in place on their own websites and customer communications.
There’s more advice and guidance for using the canals safely here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus
Up to date travel advice from the government can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-essential-travel-guidance
For more information about restrictions in Wales go to: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance
For further information about restrictions in Scotland go to: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-can-and-cannot-do/pages/sport-culture-and-leisure/
Cancellations due to coronavirus
Bookings made through Drifters are subject to each operator’s own terms and conditions. Drifters operators are accepting holiday deferrals where customers have to change their booking due to coronavirus*. Where deferrals due to coronavirus are not possible, vouchers or refunds will be given.
*See individual operator’s websites for qualifying reasons
Each year dozens of new boats are added to our fleet, so we've published a list of our Top 12 new narrow boats for 2022 #staycation #LifesBetterByWater maidenheadgreatpark.co.uk/bio… pic.twitter.com/7RuvmnSP9v
RT @CRTBoating If you are new to cruising the #Birmingham Canal Network either as a boat owner or perhaps hiring a boat, why not try the Titford canal as a cruise? Our friends @BCNSociety have some great advice on their website ow.ly/GY4C50GVj6R pic.twitter.com/IYEg1jNyZF
RT @AngloWelsh Llangollen is a magical little town, especially at #Christmas time, so why not visit by narrowboat? From our base at Trevor on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales, it takes just two hours to cruise the lock-free stretch to this beautiful town nestled in the Berwyn Mountains 🌲 pic.twitter.com/LGhNlwxuuq
RT @AbcBoatHire The East Midlands Ring, available from Gayton Marina, is ideal for boaters wanting to test their helmsman skills and seek variety in their route. Navigating 115 locks along the way, you will cruise multiple waterways and pass through countryside, villages and cities. #staycation pic.twitter.com/9MFN4yV7em
RT @Countrymaned .@AndertonLift #Cheshire nicknamed ‘The Cathedral of the Canals’, and listed as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ @Drifters6 #narrowboat holidays inc passage through the Lift: t.ly/x1OF @CRTNorthWest @CanalRiverTrust @CRTBoating pic.twitter.com/0O2FKs9DAj