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 'NB Gamnel Princess' arrived at Haynes Lift Bridge 170 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (11 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Unknown' arrived at Abbey Bridge (Ht 14`) (Cheltenham Rd) on the River Avon - Warwickshire, (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Song & Dance' arrived at Broadhurst Swing Bridge 47 on the Macclesfield Canal, (13 hours ago).
  • Boat 'SONFLOWER' arrived at Cambrian Wharf on the B.C.N, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal (13 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Wrens Nest' arrived at Fenny Compton Marina on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (15 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Gargrave on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Lillyanne' arrived at A61 Tatlers Bridge 1 on the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation, Sheffield Canal (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Breakaway (Susan, Charlie & Izzy the dog)' arrived at Hanbury Junction on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King's Norton to Worcester (17 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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