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 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Abingdon Lock on the River Thames, below Oxford (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Burnt Oak' arrived at Railway Bridge No 180A on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Glesni' arrived at Blake Mere on the Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Canal (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Finale' arrived at Napton Lock 11 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (1 hour ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Little Venice on the Grand Union Canal, Paddington Branch (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Bottom of Arden' arrived at Old Railway Bridge 51A on the Oxford Canal, Northern Section (3 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at B6241 Tom Benson Way Bridge 16A on the Lancaster Canal, Main Line (4 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moorland Rose' arrived at Litherland Old Footbridge 2I on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (4 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!

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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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