Welcome to Water Explorer...

This web site helps you plan and record your journeys around the UK inland waterways.

What will I find on this site for free ?

Want to know more? How does it work? Click here

You're privacy is important,your boatname will only be disclosed if you allow it.

Latest Boat Movements

  • Boat 'Beefur' arrived at Wharf on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (18 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Daddy Cook (Pam & Steve + the Motley Crew)' arrived at Austcliffe Bridge 24 on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: River Seven/Stourport to Stourton (20 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Lillyanne' arrived at Clarence Mill Footbridge 26A on the Macclesfield Canal, (21 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Tarleton Visitor Moorings on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Rufford Branch (22 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Fenris' arrived at Fishery Lock 63 on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Islonian (Flavoursafloat )' arrived at Weltonfield Bridge 2 on the Grand Union Canal, Leicester Section (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Sammy Jo (Frank & Alison)' arrived at Wood Lock 19 on the Grand Union Canal, Warwick and Napton Canal (1 day ago).

New User?

Click here to register to use the journey recording and Navvygator application.

Inland Waterway Maps


Zoom, pan & searchable inland waterway maps.

  • Realtime boat positions
  • Graphical route planning
  • Bridges
  • Locks
  • Winding holes

Click to view map

Navvygator - GPS


Navvygator is a standalone GPS satellite navigation (sat nav) designed for inland boating.

It uses the detailed maps from Water Explorer to provide a real time, fully automatic mapping and journey recording system - and it's free!

Find out more

Journey Recording


Water Explorer can record your boat journeys and turn these into maps as well as recording hours and distance travelled for a log book.

This is done automatically if you use Navvygator.

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