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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
Southeast endLeeds
Northwest endKendal
CountryUnited Kingdom
Road network
A64 A66

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


The Kirkstall Road dual carriageway near the end of the A65 in Leeds
The Kirkstall Road dual carriageway near the end of the A65 in Leeds
The A65 just north of Addingham, near Skipton
The A65 just north of Addingham, near Skipton

Listed from south to north, beginning at Leeds:

Road safety

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)

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  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