British Walking Federation


National Trails are long distance routes for walking, cycling and horse riding through the finest landscapes in Great Britain. They have all been created by linking existing local footpaths, bridleways and minor roads and by developing new ones where there were gaps. A total of 19 National Trails have been created by the government, there being 12 in England, 3 in Wales and 4 in Scotland with distances between 120 & 1014km.

The BWF National Trails comprise of 18 of the original National Trails created by the government, plus the Dales Way and the Coast-to-Coast Walk that were selected by the BWF National Committee to become ‘BWF National Trails’.


To register for a National Trail you need to complete a Registration Form and submit it together with the registration fee of £2.00 to the BWF Trails Officer.
On registration, you will be issued with a Report Book which you should complete on a daily basis. Each day you should record the date, distance walked, weather and collect a dated till receipt, shop/hotel stamp etc. If you need more pages these can be downloaded. The information collected acts as a check that the walk has actually been completed.


On completion of the trail or part of a trail you should send your report book together with the validation fee of £5.00 to the BWF Trails Officer. He will issue the appropriate IVV credit for the distance completed and event stamps as per the new IVV guidelines of 1 event stamp for each 20 kilometres completed. Those who complete the full trail will receive a full colour certificate of achievement.; Those who only walk part of a trail will receive IVV credit as detailed above but will not receive a certificate.

There is a special Challenge, which is to complete 100 different BWF registered Permanent Trails, National Trails, Medium Distance Walks or Long Distance Walks. For more information go to PT100 Challenge.