Route 62 connects Fleetwood in the Fylde region of Lancashire with Selby in North Yorkshire. It forms the west and central sections of the Trans Pennine Trail. The Trans Pennine Trail is a long-distance path running from coast to coast across northern England. It takes adventurous cyclists through some of the most beautiful landscapes in England.
Route 62 is fully open and signed between Southport and Selby, and between Fleetwood and south Preston.
From Fleetwood to Hutton (south of Preston) the route follows the coast through Blackpool on traffic-free paths and then on-road to Lytham St Annes. After Lytham, the route follows minor roads to the northern outskirts of Preston, continuing through Preston on a mixture of traffic-free paths and on-road sections.
The route begins again at Southport and runs almost entirely traffic-free through Liverpool on mostly old railway lines to Runcorn.
Aside from the odd short on-road section, the longest of which is between Speke and Hale Bank, the route from Southport to Altrincham is entirely traffic-free, continuing on canals and old railway lines between Runcorn and Altrincham. Altrincham to Stockport is predominantly traffic-free.
Continuing from Stockport on a mixture of traffic-free and on-road routes, National Route 62 opens out from Hadfield onto a traffic-free path through the northern Peak District, heading up the Longdendale valley via the Longdendale Trail to Woodhead and on to Doncaster, almost entirely traffic-free. The route then continues to Selby on a mixture of traffic-free sections and minor roads.
The Peak District is a landscape of exceptional natural beauty. Over a third of the area is protected for nature conservation and its distinct landscapes provide habitats for a variety of plants and animals such as the mountain hare, red grouse and short-eared owl.
Route 65 will take you on to Hornsea as the western part of the Trans Pennine Trail, or you can follow it north to York. York is a truly gorgeous place to visit, a city with Roman roots and a Viking past, ancient walls, York Art Gallery, the York Dungeon and, of course, York Minster.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.