A65 road

The A65[1] is a major road in England. It runs north west from Leeds in Yorkshire via Kirkstall, Horsforth, Yeadon, Guiseley, Ilkley and Skipton, passes west of Settle, then continues through Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale before terminating at Kendal in Cumbria.

A65 shield

A65 road map.png
Pair of green trunk road signs, pointing left to Skipton and Kendal and right to Leeds and Otley on the A65, with other destinations indicated on other roads.
Route information
Length70 mi (110 km)
Major junctions
South endLeeds
Northwest endKendal
Kirkby Lonsdale
Road network


Listed from south to north, beginning at Leeds:

  • The 2-mile (3.2 km) £5.5 million dual-carriageway Burley in Wharfedale Bypass opened in April 1995.
  • The 2-mile (3.2 km) £4 million Addingham bypass opened in January 1991.
  • The £2.8 million Draughton Bypass opened in December 1991.
  • The north section of the £16.4 million Skipton Bypass opened in December 1981, which is part of the A59.
  • North of Skipton, where the road meets the busy A629 from Bradford, there have been plans for a bypass around Gargrave, which is where the road crosses the Pennine Way.
  • The 4-mile (6.4 km) £8.5 million Settle & Giggleswick Bypass opened in December 1988.
  • The 1-mile (1.6 km) Clapham bypass is the earliest of these bypasses.[2] The National Archives have a file "West Riding CC: Clapham Bypass (A65); consideration of proposals" covering 1948-1969.[3]

Road safetyEdit

The A65 between Long Preston and junction 36 of the M6 motorway has a poor safety record, according to EuroRAP being listed as a medium-high risk road. This 26-mile (42 km) stretch of single carriageway road suffered 48 fatal or serious injury accidents between 2002 and 2004. The road features in the list of highest risk roads in Britain (excluding motorcycle accidents).[4] The section between Leeds and Long Preston is listed as being a low-medium risk road.[5]

Junctions (A/B roads)Edit


  1. ^ Google map of A65
  2. ^ On Ordnance Survey 1:25000 map The Three Peaks 1982
  3. ^ "Record for: West Riding CC: Clapham Bypass (A65); consideration of proposals". The National Archives. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  4. ^ EuroRAP 2006: British Results Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Collins big road atlas 2019. Glasgow: Collins Bartholomew. 2018. p. xiii. ISBN 978-0-00-827268-5.

Coordinates: 53°59′34″N 2°09′53″W / 53.99276°N 2.16482°W / 53.99276; -2.16482