Buttertubs Pass is England’s only truly spectacular road
Buttertubs Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 528m (1,732ft) above the sea level, located in the Yorkshire Dales, in the historic county of Yorkshire, England. The climb was rated by Jeremy Clarkson as “England’s only truly spectacular road".
The drive is simply stunning. It’s one of the most exciting drives in the UK. The pass is located between the towns of Simonstone and Thwaite in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s tight and twisty, with steep climbs and cuts through some absolutely spectacular scenery. The pass is named after the 65-foot-deep limestone potholes just off the road near the summit.
The steep and winding road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Cliff Gate Road. It can be slippery when wet. The route has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. It has everything you need for an amazing driving experience; steep climbs, rapid descents, tight challenging corners and dramatic scenery. Drivers need to be wary of the sheer drop on one side, and watch your speed – some of the winding sections are really challenging.
Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the drive is not for the faint-hearted. Driving at night, or in poor visibility, is not recommended for drivers unfamiliar with the road. The road is very narrow with sheer drops on either side. The climb is pretty steep. The average gradient is 6.5%, with some parts up to 20%. The climb has been featured in the Tour de France race. The road has been featured in Clarkson's Car Years, the BBC's Top Gear series and Wheeler Dealers of Discovery Channel.