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 'Islonian (Flavoursafloat )' arrived at Crows Nest Bridge 113 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Chester Canal (14 hours ago).
  • Boat 'SONFLOWER' arrived at Marsh Footbridge 163 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (14 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Chyandour' arrived at Endon Basin on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Caldon Branch (16 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Bridge 55 Boothstown Bridge on the Bridgewater Canal, Stretford and Leigh Branch (16 hours ago).
  • Boat 'ivin john' arrived at Strensham Cross on the River Avon - Warwickshire, (17 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moonshine (Wican Dreams)' arrived at Bosworth Wharf Winding Hole on the Ashby Canal, (navigable) (18 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Densie' arrived at Huntingdon Railway Bridge on the River Great Ouse, Canalized Section (19 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Todmorden Services on the Rochdale Canal, (20 hours ago).

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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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