Great Road: Buttertubs Pass, Yorkshire Dales, UK

Written by our community author Nick Ainsworth.

Buttertubs Pass in the Yorkshire Dales is an amazing road. It’s one of my absolute favourite drives and a certain Jeremy Clarkson seems to enjoy it too.

It’s worth trying on a Sunday afternoon or evening when the tourists have all gone home. When I did it, I had the road all to myself apart from one oncoming car. It has good lines of sight and some decent hilly bits, but you need to beware of the sheep that roam the moors…

You’re best starting off at the southern end, as there’s a coffee shop in Thwaite where you can stop for a post-drive brew. There’s a few places to stop and break out a picnic along the road too, if you can tear yourself away from being behind the steering wheel. the route twists round the side of a vast valley, offering stunning views – but keep your eyes on the road as it can get tight in places. I last did this in a 1.2 TSI Skoda Yeti, which was fun enough, but I can’t wait to try it in something with a bit more torque.



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