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 ?

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

Latest Boat Movements

  • Boat 'Brandy Pad' arrived at Halfpenny Hatch Bridge (Ferry Lane) on the Kyme Eau, (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Wrens Nest' arrived at Meadow Bridge 99 on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: Autherley to Great Haywood (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Shawplains Lock 15 (8`1") on the Rochdale Canal, (3 hours ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Bagnall Lock Bridge 49 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (5 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Heron' arrived at Danes Moss Winding Hole on the Macclesfield Canal, (7 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moonshine (Wican Dreams)' arrived at Turn Bridge 52 on the Ashby Canal, (navigable) (7 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Meander Lily' arrived at Meadow Lane Bridge 72 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (7 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Jacksons Aqueduct on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (8 hours 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!

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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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