5 best drives in Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is full of beautiful scenery and dramatic landscapes. It’s also the biggest county in England, which means to really make the most of your time here; you’re probably going to get behind the wheel. Luckily for you, we’ve got some of the most fun places to drive right here.

Check out our top 5 best drives in Yorkshire:

Buttertubs Pass

Buttertubs pass ranks highly on fun places to drive in the UK, so naturally it tops our list of the best drives in Yorkshire too! It’s full of steep climbs, tight corners, and exciting descents, with stunning scenery to boot. Start in Thwaite and head south on the B2670 before turning onto Cliff Gate Road. You’ll pass right by the Buttertubs Nature Reserve and the Hardraw Force Waterfall before finishing your journey in the lovely Hawes.

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York to Helmsley

York and Helmsley are both amazing places to visit while you’re in North Yorkshire. The main road between them, the B1363, gives you some amazing views over delightful Yorkshire countryside. You’ll drive through the stunning Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with lots of twists and turns to keep you entertained along the way.

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Helmsley main road and shops

Whitby to Hutton-le-Hole

This is a really lovely 20 mile stretch through the North York Moors National Park between two incredibly picturesque towns in North Yorkshire. Start out at the delightful seaside town of Whitby and travel along the A174 and the B1460 before turning right onto the A171. Turn towards Egton and follow the road all the way down to the quintessentially British Hutton-le-Hole. Be sure to look out for delicious country pubs on your way!

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Stainforth to Malham

This is a spectacular road to drive on. You get some impressive ups and downs, curvy roads and squeezes through drystone walls. From Stainforth, head North onto Goat Lane, before turning on to Henside Road, which you’ll follow all the way down to Cove Road. Take the turning and keep driving until you hit the spectacular Malham Cove.

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Malham Cove

Wharfedale Circuit

We’re ending on a high here, with the Wharfedale Circuit. This journey takes you around charming towns, ruined abbeys and a fantastic medieval castle. You’ll visit Grassington, Bolton Abbey and Skipton Castle and get incredible views over the rolling hills of the Dales. Starting in Grassington, head onto the B6160 all the way down Wharfedale to Bolton Abbey. From the Abbey, take the A59 west and turn onto the A6131 to stop off at Skipton Castle. You can then follow the B6265 all the way back up to Grassington.

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One last thing…

If you really fancy a challenge, treat yourself to a drive up Sutton Bank too. The hairpin bend and gradient of 25% is not for the faint hearted, and you must keep in a very low gear. You can enjoy the National Park Centre where you look out over the 140m drop when you reach the top.

No matter where you go in this fantastic county, you’re sure to find some fun on the roads. We’ve got lots of twists and turns, steep climbs and sudden drops. Let us know how you get on! Tweet us your best drives in Yorkshire at @HelloYorkshire.