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 'Mary H (Richard, Linda and Muffin)' arrived at B4044 Eynsham Bridge (Oxford Road) on the River Thames, above Oxford (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Crofts Mill Lift Bridge 81 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Montgomery Canal (14 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Brandy Pad' arrived at Ned`s Lock 31 (5`11") on the Stratford Canal, South (16 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Largo (Mary,Brian and the spirt of Samy the Cat.' arrived at A5 Road Bridge 11 on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (16 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Chelonian' arrived at Kirtlington Winding Hole on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at A1041 Bawtry Road Bridge on the Aire and Calder Navigation, Selby Section (18 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Vanguard (Sharon & Ray)' arrived at Ellesmere Branch Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Canal (19 hours ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Nantwich Aqueduct on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (21 hours 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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