Great British Driving Roads – The Buttertubs Pass

Thank you to Stuart of for allowing us to summarise his great series on Great British Driving Roads. Here we look at the The Buttertubs Pass in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.  Please let our readers have your views once you have driven this road. Is it a 10 out of 10? Driving nirvana or not?

The short 5.5 mile C road from Thwaite to Hawes has everything you need for an amazing driving experience; steep climbs, rapid descents, tight challenging corners and dramatic scenery.

Great British Driving Roads - The Buttertubs Pass In The Yorkshire Dales

In fact it has been rated as “England’s only truly spectacular road” by none other than Jeremy Clarkson.

Starting in Thwaite just off the B6270 and heading south along Cliff Gate Road, the route climbs sharply over the first couple of miles.

The Buttertubs Pass Just Off The B6270 From Thwaite

Reaching the peak of the cliff side pass provides great visibility and some stunning views.

The name Buttertubs comes from the limestone potholes formed by the rock face. Local legend says that farmers would use them to store their butter during the summer en route to their local market.

Great British Driving Roads - Thwaite To Hawes In The Yorkshire Dales

Towards the end of the drive you’ll pass through High Shaw and then Simonstone before reaching Hawes.

In total the Buttertubs Pass should be one of the best 10 minutes of your driving life.

Great Driving Roads - The Buttertubs Pass

And once you reach Hawes, you can turn right and find refreshments at the Green Dragon Inn just half a mile along the road.

Happy driving…


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