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Cat and Fiddle Road

The most dangerous road in Britain attracts bikers and tourists

Cat and Fiddle Road in England 2019 - Best Time
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The Cat and Fiddle is the most famous road of the Peak District, England, which is especially popular with motorcyclists. Over the 250 accidents have been recorded on this road since 2001, which qualifies it as the most dangerous in the country. About 70% of those that were killed or seriously injured on the road were motorcyclists.

Milepost on the Cat and Fiddle Road. This iron milepost reads "Buxton 4 miles, Maccl [Macclesfield] 7¾ miles 2019
Milepost on the Cat and Fiddle Road. This iron milepost reads "Buxton 4 miles, Maccl [Macclesfield] 7¾ miles

The 12-km (7.5-mi) road between Buxton, Derbyshire and Macclesfield, Cheshire, was named after the Cat and Fiddle Inn pub located on the highest point of the Peak District National Park, at an elevation of 515 m (1,689 ft) above sea level, which makes it the second highest public house in England.

Macclesfield Road, just along from the Cat and Fiddle 2019
Macclesfield Road, just along from the Cat and Fiddle

The Cat and Fiddle Road is famous for its extreme bends, steep falls from the carriageway, edged by dry-stone walls. It also offers incredibly scenic views of the Greater Manchester area, the Peak District National Park, and the Cheshire Plain.

A537 Cat and Fiddle road from above Stake Farm 2019
A537 Cat and Fiddle road from above Stake Farm

The road starts in Buxton at the junction of the A53 and A5004 Long Hill road, not far from the Buxton Opera House. From Ladmanlow it features a series of extreme bends that change into a flat moorland section before climbing to the Cat and Fiddle Inn. After it, the road descends to Macclesfield with quite a few dangerously blind bends.

The road is open year-round with occasional closures due to blizzard and ice. For updates, you can check the webcam showing the A537 road westward from the Cat & Fiddle Inn.