‘Cheating map’ reveals Britain’s top 150 towns for extra-marital affairs and a boom in adultery in wealthy areas

* Stratford-upon-Avon is Britain’s cheating capital with 1,047 men and women having affairs – 3.69% of the population;

* Wigan is the most faithful town – with just 0.14% of residents cheating ;

* Cheating in suburbia has never been more popular with a high proportion of rich commuter towns in the top 10 including Wilmslow, Beaconsfield and Esher;

* Mother-of-two Louise Van Der Velde, 43, is typical of this new generation of sex cheats in middle class suburbia;

* Louise lives in wealthy Harrogate, North Yorks, and has had 80 affairs with married men and she is currently seeing two married businessmen in the town;

* New interactive Infidelity Index lists the number of people having affairs in Britain’s 150 towns leading towns;

* Infidelity Index has been put together by IllicitEncounters.com – Britain’s leading dating website for married people


The most adulterous town in the UK is posh Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, according to a new table of the country’s 150 cheating hotspots which shows a boom in adultery in wealthy areas.

The middle class town – birthplace of William Shakespeare – has been officially named as the place where a husband or wife is most likely to have an affair.

Posh Stratford-upon-Avon has 1,047 people cheating out of a population of 27,455

The interactive Infidelity Index allows users to search a town or postcode to discover how many people are having affairs in any locality.

Click here to find your local figure – http://www.infidelityindex.co.uk.

Stratford-upon-Avon came out highest, with 3.69% of the population cheating.

In second place was another posh commuter town, Wilmslow in Cheshire, with 901 cheats (3.6% of the population) and Beaconsfield in Bucks came third with 408 cheats (3.4% of the population).

Irvine in North Ayrshire, fourth in the overall UK table, was Scotland’s cheating capital. Wrexham, a lowly 64th in the UK table, was Wales’s cheating capital – suggesting that people in the Principality are having fewer affairs than elsewhere in the UK.

Many of the towns with the highest numbers of cheats are wealthy areas in the south of England.

The most faithful town was Wigan in Greater Manchester – just 0.14% of residents are cheating.

Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the UK’s tourism hotspots with 2.5 million visitors a year.

With an average house price of £340,548 – far above the national average of £226,071 – it is one of the most desirable places to live in the UK.

The figures were compiled by IllicitEncounters.com, Britain’s leading dating website for married people.

They are based on its own extensive data on the numbers of Britons cheating.

Since its inception 15 years ago, more than 1 million people have registered with the site.

IllicitEncounters.com has seen a 20% surge in registrations in the last five years because many couples simply cannot afford to divorce due economic pressures and sky high house prices.

Increasing numbers of couples are trapped in unhappy marriages but they are reluctant to divorce because of the cost and upheaval caused to their families

Restless married men and women are using IllicitEncounters.com to inject to some excitement into their lives with like-minded partners who also have no intention of leaving the marital home.

Mother-of-two Louise Van Der Velde, 43, is typical of the new generation of middle class people cheating in suburbia.

She lives in wealthy Harrogate in North Yorkshire – 26th in the Infidelity Index with 1,098 cheats (1.49% of the population).

Sex therapist Louise, 43, has had 80 affairs wth married men since starting online dating with IllicitEncounters.com in the last years of her marriage.

She said: “Sex in the suburbs has never been more popular. We have a whole generation of unhappy couples stuck together because property prices have made it impossible for them to move on and start new lives.

“They are staying in unhappy marriages and getting their kicks elsewhere.

“I moved to Harrogate a few years ago and it is typical of the posh commuter towns where cheating is absolutely rife.

“It is one of the wealthiest towns in Yorkshire and has lots of rich people commuting to big local cities like Leeds and York.

“I had previously lived in Surrey commuter belt where cheating was also popular but it is even easier to meet people in the North.

“The one thing you have to be careful about is not getting caught by your neighbours. Harrogate is still a relatively small place and you can stand out like a sore thumb if you go out to some of the more popular bars and restaurants.

“So a lot of cheats up this way will do their dating in Wetherby, York and Ripon. You have less chance of being spotted that way.

“I tend to find that Northern men are a little bit more up front than Southerners. They make it absolutely clear what they are after in the first 20 minutes of a date.

“That suits me because I’m from Yorkshire and I prefer to call a spade a spade.”

llicitEncounters.com spokesman Christian Grant said: “We are increasingly popular in commuter towns like Stratford-upon-Avon, Harrogate, Wilmslow, Beaconsfield and Esher. Cheating in suburbia has never been more popular.

“IllicitEncounters.com provides an outlet for men and women who would have an affair whether we were there or not. In coming to us, they can be assured of meeting a like-minded partner seeking some added excitement in their life who doesn’t want to upset things at home.”

Every week, around 20,000 people in the UK are having affairs on IllicitEncounters.com.

The average income of the men on the site is £54,000 a year, with most working in professional jobs.


IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2004, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 12 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

We’re always more than happy to talk about IllicitEncounters.com – please contact Christian Grant through the details below – but we’re not willing to speak publicly about SaraHartley.net at this moment in time.

Email: presspr@illicitencounters.co.uk

Tel: 020 7729 6098

Twitter: @cheatsafer

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