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 'Still-Waters' arrived at Apperley Bridgde Slipway on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (3 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Chelonian' arrived at Botterham Pipe Bridge on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: Stourton to Aldersley (40 mins ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Tixall Wide (Southwest end) on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: Autherley to Great Haywood (55 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Sir T Fiable' arrived at Foxes Lift Bridge 171 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moorland Rose' arrived at Barbridge Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal, Chester Canal (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tatty Lucy' arrived at Smeaton Lane Aqueduct 28 on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (19 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Brandy Pad' arrived at Portishead Marina on the River Severn, tidal section (20 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Lock 89 on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (23 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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