|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||3.3 miles (5.3 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6045 is a largely rural A-road in southern Lancashire.
It starts on the A6046 on the edge of Hopwood (a suburb of Heywood). The exact northern end of the road is debatable - the original northern end of the A6045 was at the junction of Manchester Road and Middleton Road. However, Middleton Road now has a weight limit and some maps show the A6046 as continuing further south along Manchester Road before turning left into Coronation Avenue; other maps disagree and, whilst the road signs direct A6046 traffic along this route, they do not acknowledge any change in the numbering.
Having left the A6046 behind the A6045 heads roughly southwest into open country. It goes under the M62 just to the east of Birch services before passing through the eponymous village. The road then passes between Whitefield and Middleton, albeit still in open country, before ending at traffic lights on the A576 in Rhodes. M60 junction 19 is just to the south.