The route is currently open in two unconnected sections between Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne: One short section runs close to the western side of Alexandra Park to Glodwick Brook, and the other longer section joins Alt Hill with Aston-under-Lyne, currently finishing a third of a mile to the north of Aston-under-Lyne Rail Station.
A proposed section of Route 626 is planned between these two sections of open, traffic-free route to link them together. Other proposed sections exist between Chadderton and Oldham; and between Ashton-under-Lyne and Hyde, where Route 626 will run along the canal.
Two short, unconnected entirely traffic-free sections on an old railway line make up National Route 626 between Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne. The route also passes by the Park Bridge Heritage Centre.
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.