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 'Oleanna' arrived at Llangollen Basin on the Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Canal (25 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Beefur' arrived at Pendeford Bridge No 4 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (20 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sola Gratia' arrived at Gallows Bridge 57 on the Grand Union Canal, Warwick and Birmingham Canal: widened section (20 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Still Game' arrived at Wood End Bridge 53 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (23 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Lock 30, Slapton Lock on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (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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