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 'Meander Lily' arrived at Pinkhill Meadow Mooring on the River Thames, above Oxford (11 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Densie' arrived at Weltonfield Bridge 2 on the Grand Union Canal, Leicester Section (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Crabtree Swing Bridge 32 on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line (13 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Gimme Shelter' arrived at Redditch Road Bridge 67 on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King's Norton to Worcester (15 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Moorland Rose' arrived at Chelburn Bridge 42 on the Rochdale Canal, (16 hours ago).
  • Boat 'AmyJo (Steve & Chris)' arrived at Tattenhall Winding Hole on the Shropshire Union Canal, Chester Canal (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Islonian (The Coffee Boat)' arrived at Bridge 104 Calveley Bridge on the Shropshire Union Canal, Chester Canal (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Goole Marina on the Aire and Calder Navigation, Aire and Calder Main Line (1 day 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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