We left our mooring near Chirk Marina and set off towards Hindford going firstly through Chirk Tunnel and then across Chirk Aqueduct. Lots of people out walking but few boats were travelling even though we didn't set off until 11am. Ben and I had a good walk although it was bitterly cold and Eric stayed not far in front with the boat slowing down so I could keep up. He had two pairs of gloves and his hands were still cold! It's great to be out cruising again but it'll be even better when we get some warmer weather. The photo shows the pair of ducks who flew onboard and hitched a ride in Chirk. They made us smile as they waddled along the roof of the boat.
At Poacher's Pocket Alan & Eiddwen on NB Shush spotted us coming towards them and we had a quick chat before continuing on our journey. Next we came to New Marton Locks- the first locks of the year. The lady in the cottage next to the Top Lock was out clearing the weir with a rake and came over to help us through the lock and we had a good chat too. It was a bit windy so we took care approaching the bottom lock as it's very open and if the wind is blowing off the towpath side it's hard to get the boat in, but today it was fine. We didn't need to stop for water today as we knew we could get some down on the Montgomery Canal on Sunday. We moored up just before Jack Mytton's where we knew we could get a good satellite signal- I wanted to watch 'Ashes to Ashes' on television. Moored just behind us was NB Spadger and NB Wild Phoenix who had spent the winter at Llangollen too.