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 'Awol' arrived at Meadow Bridge 99 on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: Autherley to Great Haywood (6 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sammy Jo (Frank & Alison)' arrived at Pipe Bridge 115A on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (6 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Marple Junction on the Macclesfield Canal, (6 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Mingulay (floating dolly lady)' arrived at Bridal Path Bridge 78 on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (7 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Densie' arrived at New Fen GOBA Mooringss on the River Great Ouse, Little Ouse or Brandon Creek (8 hours ago).
  • Boat 'countess' arrived at Hack Green Bottom Lock No 29 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (8 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Wrens Nest' arrived at Lea Lane Winding Hole on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, Main Line: River Seven/Stourport to Stourton (10 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moorland Rose' arrived at B5016 Station Road Bridge 37b on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (11 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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