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 'Sir T Fiable' arrived at Rowdyke Bridge 82 on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (6 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Godnow Swing Bridge on the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation, Stainforth and Keadby Canal (8 hours ago).
  • Boat 'GRandMA.' arrived at Barlaston Station Road Bridge 103 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (8 hours ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Brinepit Bridge 79 on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (9 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Still-Waters' arrived at Thornhill First Pipe Bridge on the Calder and Hebble Navigation, Main Line (10 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Brandy Pad' arrived at Upwell Footbridge on the Middle Level Navigations, Old River Nene (11 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Vanguard (Sharon & Ray)' arrived at A534 Wheelock Bridge 152A on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Blisworth Tunnel South End on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (12 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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