The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Finally opened in 1805 having taken 10 years to complete this majestic aqueduct has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site putting it on the same standing as the Taj Mahal, Thomas Telford would be proud we have no doubt. We are lucky enough to have it just a couple of days cruising from our moorings ... What a view!
Welcome to Drifting Wood Canal Breaks
Why Go Narrowboating?
Leave the hustle and stress behind and go on a gentle but delightful adventure. With a huge sense of freedom, drift along amidst nature at a different, gentle pace of life.
Relax in the great outdoors, sleep in a different place of your choosing every night but with all the comforts of home along for the ride.
Watch the scenery go past with a cup of tea in hand, step off the boat and walk the dogs alongside whilst your first mate takes a go. Tussle over who is going to wind the next lock sluices. Enjoy the amazing views from Britain's highest aqueduct and see how the countryside changes as you go.
Why Drifting Wood?
Drifting Wood is a small business with a passion and love of our boats and of the canals. We have strong desire to make your adventure the best it can be. We want to be there to help at every stage, give you those personal touches and support you might not get from a big company.
We're flexible with early starts and later finishes for your trip, start any day of the week and go for as long as you like (so long as it's 3 nights of more). Our pricing is clear with no hidden extras
We're not your run-of-the-mill 'vanilla' boat hire company - we're cool, fun, friendly and welcoming. We'll be there to teach you the ropes, we'll be there 24x7 to help if you get stuck or just need directions to the nearest pub!
Laura, the owner and operator, wanted to introduce people to the canals but in a way that was different to the standard hire companies. It is about making your canal holiday experience stand out from the rest, to be on a narrowboat that has all the comforts of home and where you have full flexibility to book your holiday around what works for you, bookings allowing of course!
We think that's what won us the Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice 2022!
*** Please note that Drifting Wood Canal Breaks does not accept bookings for Stag/Hen Parties or Booze Cruises ***
Meet the Team
Laura kicking back on Acorn!
The funky brains and brawn behind our little operation, Laura owns the boats and handles everything from bookings to night time support and is a dab hand at fixing things. She knows everything there is to know about canal boats and will deal with everything for you to make things run as smoothly as possible. Did you know she was once in a rock band?
Dana training new arrivals as they set of for the first time
Training and Meet & Greet
Patient as a saint, Dana is there to meet you to set you off on your journey and show you the ropes (literally!). She'll take you out on a wee jaunt to help you get familiar with captaining your boat and answer all your questions. Dana is also responsible for the outstanding Welcome Packs that await our guests! And also takes credit for anything 'pretty'! Don't worry she only shouts when you don't listen!
We do have one more secret weapon, our I.T guy ... but he's a bit shy!