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 'AmyJo (Steve, Chris & Smudge)' arrived at Boveney Ditch on the River Thames, below Oxford (17 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Meander Lily' arrived at Spinks Bridge No 74 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (43 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Wrens Nest' arrived at The Commandery on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King's Norton to Worcester (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Sheepcote Street Bridge on the B.C.N, Main Line (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Free Spirit' arrived at Winding Hole below Napton Locks on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Glesni' arrived at Wrenbury Lift Bridge 20 (Cholmondeley Rd) on the Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Canal (23 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moorland Rose' arrived at Alrewas Lock 12 (5`8") on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (23 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Gimme Shelter' arrived at A45 Braunston Bridge 91 on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (1 day ago).

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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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