The Buttertubs Pass
When describing The Buttertubs Pass, none other than Mr Jeremy Clarkson of BBC’s Top Gear has been quoted as stating [it is] “…England’s only truly spectacular road”. Rising to an altitude of 526 metres above sea level and with a leg of the Tour de France Grand Depart in its recent history (2014), this road is rightfully famed for its steep gradients, fast descents and ample number of technically challenging twisting sections. The road surface is well maintained and the road wide enough for two cars to pass throughout. However the undulating terrain requires much attention from the driver and this road should not be taken lightly.
Leaving Thwaite and heading in a southerly direction, the road makes an initial climb that could rival some of its continental equivalents. At the summit of the Pass the views across the Yorkshire Dales are stunning, particularly if the weather conditions are favourable. Here you can also explore the limestone potholes with their reputed connection to butter storage, from which the Pass gained its name!
Make sure you enjoy this short drive to the maximum by taking in as much of the landscape, a recommendation is to visit one of the many natural sights in the area such as the Hardraw Force waterfall just before arriving into Hawes. For refreshments and accommodation there are several options in Hawes including Simtheonstone Hall Hotel or the Stone House Hotel.