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 'Chyandour' arrived at Bulkington Bridge 14 on the Coventry Canal, Main Line (21 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Lillyanne' arrived at Mill Street Bridge 2 on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King's Norton to Worcester (21 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Ashdown' arrived at Astwood Bottom Lock 17 on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King's Norton to Worcester (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'I DID IT' arrived at Moore Bridge 7 on the Bridgewater Canal, Main Line (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Daddy Cook (Pam & Steve)' arrived at Stoke Golding Moorings on the Ashby Canal, (navigable) (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Wandering Canuck' arrived at A47 West Bridge 1 (St Augustine Rd) on the Grand Union Canal, Leicester Section (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Sir T Fiable' arrived at Audlem Lock 11 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'very slow boat' arrived at Winding Hole below Hillmorton Locks on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (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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