Nothing rams home the topography of a road such as the Buttertubs Pass in the Yorkshire Dales quite like tackling it on a bicycle. Climbing this road in something like the new Audi A4 Avant 3.0 TDI V6 quattro S line and the gradient is inevitably diminished. Yes, sometimes the bonnet points up and sometimes it points down and sometimes you might even detect the eightspeed tiptronic transmission select a lower gear, but essentially (and thankfully!) it’s a breeze.
Running and walking are better candidates for being the best way of feeling at one with the landscape you’re travelling through. But the changes in speed between a positive and negative incline are not as dramatic as they are on a bicycle. What’s more, travelling downhill on foot can often feel just as painful as climbing up.