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 'NB Gamnel Princess' arrived at Tyle Mill Winding Hole on the River Kennet, (5 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sola Gratia' arrived at Winding hole on the B.C.N, Birmingham Heath, or Soho, Branch (6 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Simply Messing' arrived at Water Lane Bridge 9 (Station Rd) on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (6 hours ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Coleshill Road Bridge 41 on the Coventry Canal, Main Line (7 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Mingulay (floating dolly lady)' arrived at Walton Bridge 104 on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: Autherley to Great Haywood (8 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Tom Rolt Bridge on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'AmyJo (Steve & Chris)' arrived at Nantwich Aqueduct on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sammy Jo (Frank & Alison)' arrived at Samuelson Bridge 168 (Tramway Rd) on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (1 day ago).

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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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