|Distance:||8.4 miles (13.5 km)|
|Meets:||A59, A6040, A658, A58, A168|
|Route outline (key)|
The A661 is a relatively short, largely rural A-road in central Yorkshire.
The road starts in Harrogate on The Stray (a large area of open land) where it meets the A59 and A6040 at the Empress Roundabout; this was created in the late 1980s when a set of traffic lights were replaced. It travels south-east out of the town and meets the early 1990s-built A658 Harrogate and Knaresborough southern bypass. It passes by Plumpton Rocks (some odd-shaped rocks surrounding a lake) and continues in a meandering fashion to the small village of Spofforth. This has had bypass proposals for at least 20 years, the proposed route going to the south-east of the village, making some use of the old Harrogate–Wetherby railway line. At present, however, the road bends sharply right to cross the River Crimple into the village where it turns left at a mini-roundabout to continue its southeasterly course.
From Spofforth the road continues past Stockeld Park, over the Leeds city limit and into Wetherby. It reaches the High Street at a mini-roundabout which is its original terminus. It was extended south along the ex-A1 when the first incarnation of the Wetherby Bypass was built. The A661 now continues south over the River Wharfe to reach a roundabout with the A58 and A168 where it now ends.
With changes to the A1(M) around Wetherby, the A661 no longer links to the A1 which it used to at its terminus roundabout; motorway traffic now needs to go south along the A168. The A661 is not signed from the A1(M).