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 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Magazine Bridge 55 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (55 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Sir T Fiable' arrived at Leek Canal Terminus on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Caldon Branch (58 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Fenris' arrived at Footbridge 53A on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Sola Gratia' arrived at The Grotto on the River Thames, below Oxford (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Plank Lane Winding Hole on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Leigh Branch (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Bottom of Arden' arrived at Footbridge 140a on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moonshine (Wican Dreams)' arrived at Weston Branch Sanitary Station and Moorings on the Shropshire Union Canal, Weston Branch (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Mintaka' arrived at Coven Heath Bridge 69 on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: Autherley to Great Haywood (3 hours 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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