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 'Gimme Shelter' arrived at Broad Street Basin on the B.C.N, Main Line (6 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Winding Hole above Newbury Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal, (7 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Dawn Run' arrived at Wolvercote Junction on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Still-Waters' arrived at Bridge 118 on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (10 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Hunting Bridge No 7 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Duck N Dive' arrived at BW Sanitary Station on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'I DID IT' arrived at Moorefield Bridge 6 on the Bridgewater Canal, Main Line (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Sola Gratia (Paw Prints Afloat)' arrived at Stoke Pound Bridge 48 on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King's Norton to Worcester (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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