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 'Tangled Up In Blue' arrived at Bridge 91 Marsh Lane Bridge on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (58 mins ago).
  • Boat 'Dawn Run' arrived at Rothersthorpe Lock 7 on the Grand Union Canal, Northampton Branch (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Mingulay (floating dolly lady)' arrived at Buckby Lock 10 on the Grand Union Canal, Grand Junction Canal (2 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Islonian (Flavoursafloat )' arrived at Hoole Lane Lock (8`3") on the Shropshire Union Canal, Chester Canal (3 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Sola Gratia (Paw Prints Afloat)' arrived at Farmer`s Bridge Top Lock 1 on the B.C.N, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal (1 day ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Isis Lock Junction on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (1 day 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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