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Plans unveiled to transform ‘iconic’ pub into go-to destination for bikers and cyclists

The Cat and Fiddle pub could become a go-to day destination for cyclists and motorcyclists
The Cat and Fiddle pub could become a go-to day destination for cyclists and motorcyclists

New life could be breathed into the empty Cat and Fiddle pub - making it a go-to destination for cyclists and motorcyclists.

Motorbike enthusiast Peter Strutton has already met with Robinsons Brewery, which owns the pub on the A537 road between Cheshire and Buxton, and says discussions have been favourable.

The 51-year-old said: “The Cat and Fiddle is an iconic pub on a truly iconic road and it is such a shame it has been left empty for so long.

“I really believe it is in the perfect location to become the to go-to day destination for two wheeled adventurers and hikers.”

Peter wants to transform the former site into an outdoor facility aimed at motorcyclists, bikers, and hikers - which will have a repairs workshop and a wash down area, as well as a cafe and storage for bikes and helmets.

His long-term vision is to also include holiday accommodation and hot tubs for visitors to stay over.

He said: “I want to create a space that rewards those who have reached the top of the hill.

“People are already making that journey but there is nothing for them to do when they get there which seems wrong. So I want to create a space that is geared towards the people who enjoy the outdoors.”

The Cat and Fiddle Inn is the second-highest inn or public house in England at 1,689 feet or 515 metres - the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire is the highest.

It was built in 1813 and closed in December 2015.

But its future as a public house has been left uncertain, with Robinsons stating in 2016 that it was “closed until further notice”.

Speaking to the Advertiser in February, William Robinson, joint managing director of the brewery, said it would make a good tearoom.

But Peter said: “It is never going to work as a pub or restaurant, both of which have been tried before.

“People flock here in the day, I have been up on several occasions looking at the site and making plans and every time there has been cyclists wanting to come in and have a rest.

“There is such love for the venue and so many people want to see it opened again.”

His vision is still in its early stages and needs to be agreed by Robinsons, but Peter says he considering crowd funding to raise the £300,000 he would need to cover the cost of the renovations.