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 'Islonian (Flavoursafloat )' arrived at Wrights Bridge 169 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (58 mins ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Rugeley Visitor Moorings on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Brandy Pad' arrived at A1139 High Road Bridge (Frank Perkins Pkwy) on the River Nene, main river (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Moonshine (Wican Dreams)' arrived at Nanneys Bridge 8 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Middlewich Branch (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Mingulay (floating dolly lady)' arrived at Foxton Stepbridge 6 on the Grand Union Canal, Leicester Section (15 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sola Gratia' arrived at Power Station Footbridge on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (19 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Duck N Dive' arrived at Todmorden Services on the Rochdale Canal, (19 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Bramwith Swing Bridge on the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation, Stainforth and Keadby Canal (20 hours ago).

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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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