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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Day boat hire on the canals offers the chance to spoil hard-working mums with a relaxing and memorable day. Why not take a posh picnic or stop for a pub lunch along the way?
Drifters Waterways Holidays offers day boat hire at 11 of its bases, from less than £12 per person. Full tuition is included if you’re new to canal boating you can get the hang of steering, mooring up and working the locks.
Boats are equipped with cutlery, crockery and a kettle and most day boats also have a toilet, cooker and fridge.
Here’s a list of Drifters’ day boat hire centres open for Mother’s Day in 2016:
Drifters’ base at Trevor on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales is a 20-minutes cruise from the World Heritage site Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. At over 38 metres high and 305 metres long it offers stunning views of the Dee Valley below. Day boaters can reach Llangollen in just two hours.
Drifters’ base at Goytre Wharf is on the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal near Abergavenny. Enjoy incredible mountain views on the two-and-a-half-hour journey to the Star pub at Mamhillad, a short walk from bridge 62.
Drifters’ base in Cheshire is next to the Anderton Boat Lift. This incredible iron edifice provides a 50-foot vertical link between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. From Anderton, the Leigh Arms at Little Leigh is an easy day trip away. This friendly, canalside pub offers home-cooked pub food and cask ales.
From Drifters’ base at Wootton Wawen near Stratford–Upon-Avon, you can head south to the pretty village of Wilmcote and back (2.5 hours each way), and enjoy lunch at The Mary Arden Inn.
From Drifters’ base at Hilperton Marina in Wiltshire on the Kennet & Avon, cruise east through unspoilt countryside to waterside The Barge Inn at Seend, or head west to historic Bradford on Avon, with its stunning Tithe Barn, pubs, cafes and restaurants.
From Drifters’ base at Great Haywood on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal near Stafford, cruise to the historic market town of Rugeley and back. You’ll pass through several locks and see Lord Lichfield’s beautiful Shugborough Hall and the delightful Wolseley Arms in Wolseley Bridge. The return journey takes six hours.
From Drifters’ base at Tardebigge on the Worcestershire & Birmingham Canal, cruise north to Kings Norton Junction. It’s a picturesque rural route with historic pubs, including the family-friendly Hopwood House at Alvechurch. The route is lock-free but there are two tunnels to pass through.
From Drifters’ base at Bunbury on the Shropshire Union Canal near Crewe, cruise south past Barbridge and Nantwich to Baddington Bridge. With no locks to negotiate and plenty of pubs en-route, it’s a delightful way to spend the day afloat.
From Drifters’ base at Union Wharf in Market Harborough it takes between two and three hours to cruise to the top of Foxton Locks. There are stunning views of the Leicestershire countryside, plenty of places to picnic and the Foxton Locks Inn. You can watch canal boats negotiate the famous Foxton Staircase and find out about the intriguing Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift that once operated there at the tiny little museum dedicated to it.
For more information about Drifters Waterway Holidays call 0844 984 0322 or visit www.drifters.co.uk.
Free days out
Mums, dads, grandparents, carers - are you looking for inspiring places to visit with the kids? Then look no further than your local canal or river...
Last date edited: 29 February 2016