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’.

The England Coast Path will be the newest (and longest) National Trail when it is complete in 2020. The first few sections are now open and more were planned to be opened over the next few months, but lockdown may have put an end to that, along with everything else! Although this new trail will not be part of the BWF National Trail list remember you can still register for IVV accreditation using the BWF Long Distance Walk scheme.

Walkers who require more details of the trails in England & Wales visit the National Trails website, where you will find two leaflets to download - the ‘Trail Comparison Chart’ and ‘The Best Trails in England & Wales’ leaflet.

The 'BWF National Trails' in Scotland can be found here.
There are more trails in Scotland which are listed on Scotland's Great Trails website, any route that is over 30kms can be registered as a Medium Distance Walk and routes over 100kms can be registered as an Long Distance Walks to get IVV accreditation.


To register for a National Trail you need to complete a NT LDW MDW Registration Form and submit it together with the registration fee of £2.00 to the BWF Distance 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.

Please Note:  1st January 2024 NEW contact for Distance Trails - new registration form has been added above


On completion of the trail or part of a trail you should send your report book together with the validation fee of £5.00 (for LDW) and £3.00 (for MDW) to the BWF  Distance Trails Officer. Anna 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.