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 Footbridge 52 on the Stratford Canal, South (18 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Sir T Fiable' arrived at Hopsford Valley Aqueduct 20 on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (18 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Song & Dance' arrived at Lock 81 Batchworth Lock on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Blue on Blue (Mike & Ethel)' arrived at Longlees Lock Winding Hole on the Rochdale Canal, (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Gamnel Princess' arrived at A605 Barnwell Road Bridge on the River Nene, main river (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Islonian (Flavoursafloat )' arrived at Aqueduct over Langley's Brook on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Elemiah' arrived at Salthouse Dock on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Liverpool Link (3 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Largo (Mary,Brian and Samy the cat!)' arrived at Bishops Stortford on the Lee and Stort Navigation, River Stort (3 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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