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 'Mingulay (floating dolly lady)' arrived at Leighton Road Winding Hole on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (15 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sammy Jo (Frank & Alison)' arrived at Barrowford Top Lock 45 on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (16 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Densie' arrived at Southery Ferry on the River Great Ouse, Old West River (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Teapot Cottages on the Peak Forest Canal, Upper (18 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Brandy Pad' arrived at Burscough Bridge 32A on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (20 hours ago).
  • Boat 'AmyJo (Steve & Chris)' arrived at Davies Bridge No 118 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Chester Canal (21 hours ago).
  • Boat 'PETROC' arrived at Osney Bridge on the River Thames, above Oxford (23 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Still Rockin'' arrived at Abingdon Bridge on the River Thames, below Oxford (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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