Last month, as reported in the Wootton Wawen Magazine, Bill and Mavis Reeder and Tia, their fluffy coated Yorkshire terrier, set off from our Wootton Wawen base to enjoy their 61st cruise with Anglo Welsh.
The Reeders have been taking regular canal boat holidays with Anglo Welsh for the last 30 years, with 40 of their trips starting from our base on the Stratford Canal.
Alistair King, who works at our Wootton Wawen base, says: “No one equals that. They have become our most frequent floaters, certainly enough to earn a loyalty discount!”
Our Wootton base attracts tourists from all continents and a few days before the Reeders booked to go out on the 68ft long six-berth Bond Class ‘Buckland’, three other boats hosted 30 musicians from all over the UK meeting up for a stag weekend.
The Reeders, who live in Bristol, have set out from nearly all our bases on week and fortnight long journeys, bringing just enough supplies to get them started.
“We can top up as we travel but prefer eating out at canalside inns, the first night usually at the Navigation,” said Bill, a retired structural engineer, aged 77.
When asked if they had ever considered ocean cruising, Bill replied “We have friends who do it, but I think I would be bored at sea – and Tia would have to go to kennels. On the canals you are in close contact with different communities every mile of the way.”
On the latest trip they planned late starts and early evening mooring, still enough time for a return trip as far as the junction with the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Kings Norton.
“On other occasions we’ve been onto the Grand Union and in the opposite direction to Stratford and onto the Avon, and Tia loves it,” said Bill. “We’re familiar with all the locks, so we just relax and let the world go by.
“Yes, we could have bought our own boat with what we have spent, but this way all the maintenance and licensing is done for you and we just turn up to find everything ready for us.”