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 'Wrens Nest' arrived at Diglis Basin on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King's Norton to Worcester (3 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Simply Messing' arrived at Bulkington Bridge 14 on the Coventry Canal, Main Line (3 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Meander Lily' arrived at The Boat Inn at Thrupp on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (5 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Awol' arrived at Rugeley North Visitor Moorings on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (7 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Daddy Cook (Pam & Steve + the Motley Crew)' arrived at Tixall Wide (Southwest end) on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: Autherley to Great Haywood (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Good Times' arrived at Anchor Bridge 169A on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Rhubarb & Custard' arrived at Gasworks Dock 1 Bridge 6 on the Grand Union Canal, Paddington Branch (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Rawcliffe Bridge (Bridge Ln) on the Aire and Calder Navigation, Aire and Calder Main Line (1 day ago).

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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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