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 'Begriffsschiff' arrived at Kennet Mouth on the River Thames, below Oxford (10 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Free Spirit' arrived at Flecknoe Fields Farm Bridge 103 on the Grand Union Canal, Oxford Canal Section (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Horse Passage Aqueduct on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Brandy Pad' arrived at Ring-o-Bells Bridge 34 on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (13 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Elemiah' arrived at Wilbraham's Quay on the River Weaver, main line (13 hours ago).
  • Boat 'SONFLOWER' arrived at Museum Footbridge on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (13 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Duck N Dive' arrived at Wheelton Boatyard on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (14 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at A6 Buxton Road Bridge 11 on the Macclesfield Canal, (15 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!

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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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