The Cat and Fiddle Inn is one of those places everyone
knows about, in part because it is so high above sea
level and has stunning views. It is also renowned for
the severe winters and deep snow it sometimes endures, when
the road is impassable and the inn is cut off. This postcard
shows the inn surrounded by deep snowdrifts; various
innkeepers will have provided shelter for many a stranded
traveller over the years.
The inn has long attracted visitors. The following has been
extracted from a 1912 directory about Buxton: "two
miles further on [from Axe Edge] is the "Cat and Fiddle," a
wayside public house, much frequented by visitors on account
of the extensive views to be obtained in the neighbourhood
; wagonettes run to both these places from Buxton several times
Thirty five years later, one of the contributors to Mee's "Derbyshire"
wrote "A fine moorland walk of five miles from Buxton
takes us to the Cat and Fiddle in Cheshire, one of the highest
inns in England, 1700 feet above the sea, with views over the
great plain of Cheshire, with the Mersey on the horizon, into
Staffordshire and Lancashire, and to the Welsh Hills".
The inn is next to the A537 which runs between Buxton in Derbyshire
and Macclesfield in Cheshire; these days the road is sadly
renowned for the number of accidents, mostly involving motor
 Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire,
1912, Buxton entry.
 Mee, Arthur (ed.) (1937) "Derbyshire:
The Peak Country",The King's England Series,
Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London