A537 (Cat and Fiddle)

Cat and Fiddle Road, the British Widow Maker

The 7.5mile stretch of road between Macclesfield and Buxton, in the county of Cheshire, has been named the most dangerous road in Britain. Known locally as Cat and Fiddle (Road A537), it should more fittingly be dubbed 'the widow-maker' because of its mounting death toll.

This asphalted road presents an unacceptably high risk to users. Between 2007 and 2011, there were 44 serious or fatal crashes on the seven-mile (12km) stretch of road. Between 2002 and 2006, there were 35. The road is dangerous because severe bends, steep falls from the carriageway and edged by dry-stone walls for almost the entirety of the road.

This lethal but beautiful section is famous for its scenic views across the Greater Manchester conurbation, the Peak District National Park and the Cheshire Plain, and for its many bends. The road is popular with tourists, heavy goods vehicles and high-powered leisure motorcyclists - has severe bends, steep falls from the carriageway and is edged by dry-stone walls or rock face for almost all its length.  

 

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