Book a boat trip for Mother's Day

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?

Boating with family Boating with family

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:

A boat crossing the Pontycysyllte AqueductTravel across ‘The Stream in the Sky’

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. 

Glide through the Brecon Beacons

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. 

Anderton Boat Lift, River WeaverVisit the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’

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.

Explore Shakespeare’s country.

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. 

Seend Wharf Bridge, Kennet & Avon CanalWend your way through Wiltshire

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.

Staffordshire delights

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.

Narrowboat near bridge on Staffordhsire & Worcestershire CanalTunnel through rural Worcestershire

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. 

Sightseeing along ‘The Shroppie’

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. 

Foxton Locks InnVisit Foxton Locks

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

Last date edited: 29 February 2016