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 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at LMS Railway Interchange Basins on the B.C.N, Wyrley and Essington Canal (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Heron' arrived at Broadhurst Swing Bridge 47 on the Macclesfield Canal, (14 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Mary H (Richard, Linda and Muffin)' arrived at Ladder Bridge 129 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (15 hours ago).
  • Boat 'very slow boat' arrived at Judkins Quarry Bridge 24 on the Coventry Canal, Main Line (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Lillyanne' arrived at A19 Burn Bridge on the Aire and Calder Navigation, Selby Section (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sammy Jo (Frank & Alison)' arrived at W.A.Cadbury (Welford) Lock (7`6") on the River Avon - Warwickshire, (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Chelonian' arrived at Forbury Road Bridge on the River Thames, Reading Jail Loop (18 hours ago).
  • Boat 'SONFLOWER' arrived at Bridge 77 on the Coventry Canal, Main Line (19 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!

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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