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 'Sir T Fiable' arrived at Whitley Bridge 47 on the Coventry Canal, Main Line (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Finale' arrived at Hay Bridge 143 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Chyandour' arrived at Yardley Gobion Wharf on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Brick Kiln Bridge 7 on the Lancaster Canal, Glasson Branch (11 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Apsley Middle Bridge 153A on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (11 hours ago).
  • Boat 'SONFLOWER' arrived at Kate Boats on the Grand Union Canal, Warwick and Napton Canal (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Good Times' arrived at Whitby Middle Narrow Lock on the Shropshire Union Canal, Wirral Line (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Goring Lock on the River Thames, below Oxford (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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