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 'Sola Gratia' arrived at Ansty Bridge 15 on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sammy Jo (Frank & Alison)' arrived at Mill Bridge 8 on the Ashby Canal, (navigable) (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Dawn Run' arrived at Beech Grove Bridge No 98 on the Kennet and Avon Canal, (19 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Brandy Pad' arrived at Stalybridge Lock 4W on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, (19 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Mill Bridge Wharf on the Aire and Calder Navigation, Aire and Calder Main Line (19 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Vanguard (Sharon & Ray)' arrived at Footbridge 54A on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (20 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moorland Rose' arrived at Branston Bridge 34 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (21 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Grumpy Git' arrived at Shirley Draw Bridge 8 on the Stratford Canal, Northern Section (21 hours ago).

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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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