TWO of Cumbria's roads have been described as the 'quietest and most scenic driving routes' in the United Kingdom.

GoCompare, a British financial services comparison website, launched a project called Scene But Not Heard in a bid try and work out the quietest and most scenic driving routes in the UK.

Using a combination of traffic figures from the Department for Transport and recommendations from Visit Britain and Tripadvisor, 15 of the least-used scenic routes across the country were identified.

Among them was the A592 road over Kirkstone Pass, one of the quietest stretches of A-Road in Cumbria with an average of around 1,500 vehicles using it every day.


Jack Bamfield, the outreach executive for the project, found the number of vehicles to be quite low in comparison to how scenic the road is.

He said:"It's surprising considering this is a straight road between Penrith and Windermere, the heart of the Lake District!"

Starting in Windermere the road travels 17 miles to Ullswater. The route is notoriously steep and involves a dizzying descent or incline of 1,489 on Kirkstone Pass.

The A686 between Penrith and Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, is used by just 807 vehicles a day. It meanders through the Eden Valley passing farms and rolling hills along its 38-mile length.

The A684 from Hawes to Aysgarth is also on the list with only 850 vehicles passing along it every day.

You can find out where the other 12 roads are in the UK by going on the Scene But Not Heard website :