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 'Brandy Pad' arrived at Bridge 68 on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (5 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Lillyanne' arrived at Marple Junction on the Macclesfield Canal, (8 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Beefur' arrived at Tindal Bridge on the B.C.N, Newhall Branch (21 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Daddy Cook (Pam & Steve + the Motley Crew)' arrived at Whittington Bridge 27 (Windsor Holloway) on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: River Seven/Stourport to Stourton (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Largo (Mary,Brian and Samy the cat!)' arrived at Rugeley Railway Bridge 65B on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (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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