This page is a guide for Organisers when registering Permanent Trails.

The full regulations governing Permanent Trails and their registration can be found in the BWF Constitution & Bylaws.


These are classified by the British Walking Federation as events that can be walked at any time.  A Permanent Trail will usually be of either historical or cultural interest or it will present a challenge to the walker. Organisers can provide an award, but there is no obligation for them to do so.

A Permanent Trail must have a mandatory distance of 10km or above, however an additional 5km distance may be offered. They may be of one or more days duration.

Permanent Trails have to be registered annually.

Permanent Trail Registration Form
Explanation of terms used on Registration forms

Organisers must provide proof of third party insurance cover for all events that they organise.

Event Registration Fees

No events will be registered until event registration fees have been paid. Payment should not be sent with registration forms.  An invoice will be sent when the forms are processed.


It is recommended that event organisers produce an entry leaflet for any event/s that they wish to register with the BWF. When produced these should accompany the registration form.

The following information must appear on the route description/entry form or approval cannot be granted.

  • Name of trail and PT number
  • BWF logo
  • Organising Club and contact details
  • Start & Finish Location with directions to start and details of available public transport.
  • Distance available
  • Trail grade
  • Entry Fees and Awards etc. available
  • A detailed written route description with proof of completion questions for verification by the organiser. If a 5km & a longer route are offered from the same venue, then each route must have at least one different proof of completion question
  • Details of how entrants can claim IVV stamps and any award offered.
  • Insurance Declaration (when using BWF insurance)
  • Statement regarding Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations