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 'Daddy Cook (Pam & Steve + the Motley Crew)' arrived at Mitton Railway Bridge on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: River Seven/Stourport to Stourton (8 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sir T Fiable' arrived at Townfield Lock 46 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Mary H (Richard, Linda and Muffin)' arrived at Wise's Bridge No 80 on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Still Game' arrived at Muckhill Railway Bridge on the River Great Ouse, Old West River (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Duck N Dive' arrived at Botany Bridge 78A on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (10 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Sims Swing Bridge 19 on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'I DID IT' arrived at Hassall Green Top Lock 57 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Bosworth Wharf Bridge 42 on the Ashby Canal, (navigable) (14 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!

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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