Our beautifully fitted and carefully maintained narrow boats for hire are matched by friendly and efficient personal service - all Tourist Board inspected. We are a long-established family firm, and will help you get the most out of your time with us.
New to boating? Try our short break boating holidays in Yorkshire or read about boating holidays for first-timers. Experienced boater? Enjoy our canal holidays for all tastes, from the relaxing to the adventurous - including rings and one-way canal holidays across the Pennines.
We give exceptionally thorough support and boat hire training, so you can be confident and feel safe on your canal holiday.
Check online - see right - to find out immediately which narrow boat holidays are available, and make a reservation. You can pay your deposit online, or hold for 48 hours.
Please come along to our Open Day on Sunday 13 April, between 10 and 4. We'll have boats to look round, boat trips to try your hand at steering, and people to chat to about possible holidays. Plus you could walk up to the deepest lock on the canals, look round our historic wharf, and have lunch at one of the pubs and restarants on site. Other Drifters yards are open too.
If you missed Great Canal Journeys on More 4, then you can watch again. See Timothy West and Prunella Scales discovering the Rochdale Canal. Rave reviews!
"Hello Susan and Nigel to let you know thank you very much, this was the second year on your boats, the first time Sept 2012, was great on Norfolk, this time we had Hereford, 20th September 2013 it was the best weeks holiday any of us have had, and the weather was lovely. all the local folk are very friendly, the boats are done out very nicely, we may be back again next year for a fortnight to do one of the rings, thank you for making us all feel welcome, highly recommended. " - best regards Darren Yorgensen, Maria Konyk
"We just simply HAD to write to say a huge THANK YOU for our absolutely AWESOME canal boat holiday on Warwick! (6th – 20th July, 2013).
We had a wonderful time….. everything was perfect ….including the weather! The boat was above and beyond our expectations and the whole experience of being on the canal was simply phenomenal! We are definitely hooked on this way of life – it is SUCH escapism in the midst of peace, quiet, tranquillity and inspiring wildlife! It was ideal for our dog “Mara” too, who loved every minute, being “Queen of the boat” for a fortnight.
Renewed gratitude for making our holiday a heaven on earth.
Best Wishes frae Bonnie Scotland! ☺
Yours Aye," - Morag Wallace, Lachlan Mackintosh and Mara our Rottweiler (woof, woof!)
"To thank you for our week on Rutland. Not having hired a narrowboat before we did not know just what to expect.
The boat was immaculate, the beds so comfortable, the equipment unbelievably complete. Add to that the friendly help given by your staff (especially by Josh!) and we could ask for no more.
It started well when you were both so pleasant on the phone.
Our holiday was all we could ask for. Thank you." - Mr and Mrs Rossington
"Just to say Thank you for providing us with such a nice clean and well equipped and laid out boat, the Hereford. it was ideal for the 4 adult trip that we made. I am on Crutches and partially disabled and it was still fine for me to get about and to use all the facilities. We really enjoyed our trip on the Rochdale Canal and found it very convenient to stay at the Alma Inn the night before, highly reccomend the Calzone Pizza there. We had breakfast at the Deli Belge and lunch at The Moorings, really recommend all of these places plus on our return we had a take away meal from Barneys with their luxury ice cream and cakes very, very good. Along the route we stopped at the Stubbing Wharf twice and enjoyed the huge lunches on both occasions and also the real ale. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and we would highly reccomend this holiday. Even in the rain the countryside has a special look about it with its hills touching the sky and its old mills and chimneys. It was like sailing through a mystical valley full of wonder. Just wish we had taken more photos. But great memories. Thank you." - Lauren Bleach and family
"Susan and Nigel, we would all like to say a big thankyou for providing the perfect way for my friend and myself to celebrate our 50th birthdays. We enjoyed every minute of our short break on `Northumberland` this last weekend and didn't want to come home! Thankyou also for looking after our luggage and crocodile while we went for a lovely breakfast at The Bluebird Café. We hope to see you again." - Karen, Michael, Fran, Steve, Sue ,Craig, Kay, Steve, Lindsey and Dez
"Susan, we came over a thousand miles from Spain specifically to do this holiday with Shire Cruisers, and it was absolutely marvellous!" - Mr and Mrs MarshallMore Reviews