Cat and Fiddle Inn


Cat and Fiddle Inn

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The Cat and Fiddle Inn is the second-highest inn or public house in England (behind the Tan Hill Inn). The inn is situated on the eastern fringes of Cheshire in the Peak District National Park on the A537 road just west of the Derbyshire/Cheshire county boundary, on the western side of Axe Edge Moor. It is at an elevation of about convert|1690|ft|m above sea level (although a recent measurement commissioned by the landlord suggested a figure of convert|1772|ft|m, which would surpass that of the Tan Hill Inn [ [http://bubl.ac.uk/org/tacit/tac/tac54/moretops.htm Highest inn] , "The Angry Corrie", no. 54] ).

There are a number of pubs of this name in the United Kingdom. Various etymologies are claimed: some believe it is a corruption of "le chat fidele" ('the faithful cat'); others (including Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable) that it comes from 'Caton le Fidele' (a former governor of Calais); a third theory is that it derives from 'Catherine la Fidele' (Catherine of Aragon).

The inn is the last on the convert|45|mi|km|adj=on Four Inns Walk, held annually in Spring, mainly over the high moorland to the North.

Cat and Fiddle Pass

The inn gives its name to the Cat and Fiddle Pass: a stretch of the A537 road, linking Macclesfield to the west with Buxton to the east, which features many sharp corners. This road became notorious for the high number of accidents, particularly among motorcyclists for whom the road is often regarded as an exhilarating technical challenge; an AA survey in 2003 named it as the most dangerous stretch of road in the United Kingdom [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/3121176.stm Road dubbed most dangerous in UK] , BBC website] .

ee also

Cat and Fiddle Road

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