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.

UK road A65

A65 road map
Roadsign A65 - geograph.org.uk - 401321
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 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)


  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


A65 or A-65 may refer to:

A65 road (England), a major road in England

A65 motorway (France), a major road in France

A65 motorway (Germany), a road connecting Kandel and Wörth am Rhein

A65 motorway (Netherlands)

A65 motorway (Spain)

Benoni Defense, in the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings

BSA A65 Rocket, a motorcycle made by BSA

Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England is housed in the gatehouse of the ruined 12th-century Kirkstall Abbey, and is a Grade II* listed building. The house is 3 miles (4.8 km) north west of Leeds city centre on the A65 road.The museum opened in July 1927. The ground floor is set out as an area of Victorian streets, illustrating a range of shops and services and including original shop fittings etc. The first street, Abbey Fold, opened in July 1954. Harewood Square opened in 1955 and Stephen Harding Gate in 1958. The museum was refurbished between 1998 and 2001 funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Upstairs, the galleries feature childhood collections, community-curated displays and temporary exhibitions.The paranormal TV programme Most Haunted visited the Abbey House Museum in the first episode of Series 19. The crew experienced apparent paranormal incidents which included knocking and a piano playing by itself.

Aire Gap

Aire Gap is a pass through the Pennines in England formed by geologic faults and carved out by glaciers. The term is used to describe a geological division, a travel route, or a location that is an entry into the Aire river valley.

Burley in Wharfedale

Burley in Wharfedale is a village and civil parish in the county of West Yorkshire, England, and is situated within the Wharfedale valley.

The village is situated on the A65 road, approximately 11 miles (18 km) north-west from Leeds city centre, 8 miles (13 km) north from Bradford, 3 miles (5 km) from the spa town of Ilkley and 2 miles (3 km) from the market town of Otley. The hamlet of Burley Woodhead, a cluster of farms and homes at the foot of Burley Moor, is 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south-west.

Chelker Reservoir

Chelker Reservoir is a man made lake in North Yorkshire, England. It lies in the parish of Draughton, immediately north of the A65 road, between Skipton and the village of Addingham. It was put into service in 1866 and serves the Bradford area; it is currently owned by Yorkshire Water. The reservoir's main inflow is the River Wharfe.

Clapham, North Yorkshire

Clapham is a village in the civil parish of Clapham cum Newby in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It was previously in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It lies within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 6 miles (10 km) north-west of Settle, and just off the A65 road.

Cowan Bridge

Cowan Bridge is a village in the English county of Lancashire.

It is south-east of the town of Kirkby Lonsdale where the main A65 road crosses the Leck Beck. It forms part of the civil parish of Burrow-with-Burrow.


Crooklands is a village in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) south of Kendal on the A65 road. Historically part of Westmorland, the Lancaster Canal and Peasey Beck pass through Crooklands. The adjacent showfield of the Westmorland County Agricultural Society is the venue of the annual Westmorland County Show (first held 1799, moved to this site late 20th century), Country Fest (since 2009) and various other events.

Crooklands is a ward which elects one councillor to South Lakeland district council. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 2,146.

In the 1870s Crooklands was described as "a hamlet in Preston-Richard township, Heversham parish".


Endmoor is a small village within Cumbria, England, situated close to the A65 road. It is about 5 miles (8 km) from Kendal, just south of Oxenholme, and is in the parish of Preston Richard.

Endmoor is a community with small businesses including a shop, club inn, village school, village hall and bakery. A millennium clock stands on the green and there is a playground for the children.


Guiseley ( GHYZE-lee) is a small town in metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated south of Otley and Menston and is now a north-western suburb of Leeds.

It sits in the Guiseley and Rawdon ward of Leeds City Council and the Pudsey parliamentary constituency. At the 2001 census, Guiseley with Rawdon had a population of over 21,000, increasing to 22,347 at the 2011 Census.The A65, which passes through the town, is the main shopping street. Guiseley railway station has regular train services into Leeds, Bradford and Ilkley stations on the Wharfedale Line. Guiseley is also served by the stations of Menston to the north and Baildon to the south.


Hellifield is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England (grid reference SD855565). Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the village was once an important railway junction on the Settle-Carlisle Railway between the Midland Railway and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, but Hellifield railway station is now a shadow of its former glory. It is situated on the A65, between Skipton and Settle. Hellifield had a population of 1,060 residents at the 2001 census, increasing to 1,426 at the 2011 census.

Ingleton, North Yorkshire

Ingleton is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. The village is 19 miles (30 km) from Kendal and 17 miles (28 km) from Lancaster on the western side of the Pennines. It is 9.3 miles (15 km) from Settle. The River Doe and the River Twiss meet to form the source of the River Greta, a tributary of the River Lune. The village is on the A65 road and at the head of the A687. The B6255 takes the south bank of the River Doe to Ribblehead and Hawes. All that remains of the railway in the village is the landmark Ingleton Viaduct. Arthur Conan Doyle was a regular visitor to the area and was married locally, as his mother lived at Masongill from 1882 to 1917 (see notable people). There is growing evidence to support a claim that the inspiration for the name Sherlock Holmes came from here.Whernside, 5.7 miles (9.2 km) NNE of the village, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, is the highest point in the parish at 736 metres (2,415 ft).

There are major quarries within the parish. Ingleton Quarry is active Meal Bank Quarry no longer is, but extracted Carboniferous limestone and possesses an early Hoffman kiln. There was a textile mill, and the coalfield supported twelve or more small collieries, but Ingleton is mostly known for its tourism, being partially in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, offering waterfalls in a SSSI, limestone caves and Karst landscape walking opportunities.


Kirkstall is a north-western suburb of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, on the eastern side of the River Aire.

The area sits in the Kirkstall ward of Leeds City Council and Leeds West parliamentary constituency, represented by Rachel Reeves. The population of the ward at the 2011 Census was 21,709.To the west is Bramley, to the east is Headingley, and to the north are Hawksworth and West Park. Kirkstall is around 2 miles (3.2 km) from the city centre and is close to the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University. Its main visitor attraction is Kirkstall Abbey. Another landmark is St. Stephen's Church designed by the architect Robert Dennis Chantrell. Richard Oastler, a reformer and fighter for children's rights, is buried in a crypt under the church's east end.

In the 12th century Cistercian monks founded Kirkstall Abbey, a daughter house of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. The Abbey House Museum opposite the abbey tells the story of the community and the town. Henry De Lacey, Baron of Pontefract, gave the land for the foundation of the abbey, and Kirkstall has a few roads named in his memory. The Abbey Light Railway, which connected the grounds of the abbey with the Bridge Road commercial area, was closed down in 2012.

The Kirkstall Festival is an annual event, held in the abbey grounds on the second Saturday in July since 1981. It is a festival of music, local arts and crafts, and is organised by volunteers of the KVCA (Kirkstall Valley Community Association).

Leeds Inner Ring Road

The Leeds Inner Ring Road is part-motorway and part-A roads in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, which forms a ring road around the city centre. It has six different road numbers that are all sections of longer roads. Clockwise, the roads are the A58(M), a motorway section of the A58 road; the A64(M), part of the A64 road; the A61 between York Road and the M621; the M621 between junctions 4 and 2; and the A643 between the M621 and A58. The motorway section is in total is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long and is subject to a 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) speed limit throughout.

Limestone Link (Cumbria)

The Limestone Link is a waymarked footpath in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England, connecting Arnside and Kirkby Lonsdale, a distance of 13 miles (21 km).Starting at Arnside railway station on the estuary of the River Kent, the path traverses the Arnside and Silverdale AONB, crosses the West Coast Main Line and the M6 motorway, climbs Hutton Roof Crags (899 feet (274 m), an SSSI celebrated for its limestone pavements), and drops down into the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale on the A65 road and the River Lune.

Listed buildings in Burrow-with-Burrow

Burrow-with-Burrow is a civil parish in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. It contains 25 listed buildings that are recorded in the National Heritage List for England. Of these, one is listed at Grade I, the highest of the three grades, one is at Grade II*, the middle grade, and the others are at Grade II, the lowest grade. It contains a number of small settlements, including Nether Burrow, Over Burrow, Overtown and Cowan Bridge, and is otherwise rural. The major building in the parish is Burrow Hall; this country house and structures associated with it are listed. Most of the older listed buildings are domestic or agricultural, including houses and associated structures, farmhouses, and farm buildings. Later listed structures are four milestones and four boundary stones. The other listed buildings are a bridge, and inscribed stones re-set into a different bridge.

Long Preston

Long Preston is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England, in the Yorkshire Dales. It lies along the A65 road, and is 12 miles (19 km) from Skipton and 4 miles (6 km) from Settle. The population of Long Preston in 2001 was 680, increasing to 742 at the 2011 Census.

Lupton, Cumbria

Lupton is a linear village and civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England, along the main A65 road north west of Kirkby Lonsdale, 2.3 miles (3.7 km) from the village of Hutton Roof. The parish had a population of 162 at the 2011 Census.As well as All Saints Church, the village has a public house, the Plough. Lupton Tower is an 18th-century house now used as a corporate head office.


Skipton (also known as Skipton-in-Craven) is a market town and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically in the East Division of Staincliffe Wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is on the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to the south of the Yorkshire Dales, 27 miles (43 km) north-west of Leeds, and 38 miles (61 km) west of York. At the 2011 Census, the population was 14,623.The town was listed in the 2018 Sunday Times report on Best Places to Live in northern England.

A roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain road numbering scheme

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