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 'Sola Gratia' arrived at Lock 94 Woolhampton Lock on the River Kennet, (16 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Lillyanne' arrived at Staniland Marina on the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation, Stainforth and Keadby Canal (16 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Heron' arrived at Railway Bridge 28A on the Coventry Canal, Main Line (31 mins ago).
  • Boat 'WIGGYS` ARK' arrived at Rhoswiel Bridge 18W (Station Rd) on the Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Canal (36 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Song & Dance' arrived at Upwell Footbridge on the Middle Level Navigations, Old River Nene (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Alvecote Pipe Bridge 62 on the Coventry Canal, Main Line (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Chelonian' arrived at Ribble Link Bridge 1 on the Ribble Link, (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'I DID IT' arrived at Kings Sutton Lock 31 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (2 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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