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 'Sola Gratia (Paw Prints Afloat)' arrived at Cotmanhay Railway Bridge 23a on the Grand Union Canal, Erewash Canal (7 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Oleanna' arrived at Castleford Flood Lock on the Aire and Calder Navigation, Aire and Calder Main Line (10 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Meander Lily' arrived at Shipton Bridge 220 on the Oxford Canal, Southern Section (11 hours ago).
  • Boat 'AmyJo (Steve & Chris)' arrived at Llangollen Basin on the Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Canal (11 hours ago).
  • Boat 'paws 4 thought (the teddy boat)' arrived at Bosworth Wharf Winding Hole on the Ashby Canal, (navigable) (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Glesni' arrived at Audlem Wharf on the Shropshire Union Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Gimme Shelter' arrived at Crofts Mill Lift Bridge 81 on the Shropshire Union Canal, Montgomery Canal (12 hours ago).
  • Boat 'Still-Waters' arrived at Spode House on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Main Line (13 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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