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Weird NewsWales takes world's steepest street title from New Zealand

05:30  17 july  2019
05:30  17 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Just days after they lost the Cricket World Cup, New Zealand has suffered a second major blow - this time at the hands of Wales . Baldwin Street in the South Island city of Dunedin had for years been known as the world ' s steepest street . It has been used as the venue for a number of extreme races

Residents of Harlech in north Wales believe their town is home to the world ' s steepest street , Ffordd Pen Llech, which has a claimed gradient of 36%.

Wales takes world's steepest street title from New Zealand © Other Ffordd Pen Llech has been officially recognised as the world's steepest street Just days after they lost the Cricket World Cup, New Zealand has suffered a second major blow - this time at the hands of Wales.

Baldwin Street in the South Island city of Dunedin had for years been known as the world's steepest street.

It has been used as the venue for a number of extreme races for runners and cyclists and tourists from around the world came to see the 350m street's gradient of 35% shooting it to social media fame.

But the Welsh seaside town of Harlech has come forward to take the crown, with its street - Ffordd Pen Llech - officially being recorded as having a gradient of 37%.

Welsh town wins title for world’s steepest street

Welsh town wins title for world’s steepest street Residents of Harlech in Wales had long claim Ffordd Pen Llech was steeper than previous record holder, Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand.

That is two percentage points steeper than Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand , which held If the average steepness is taken , you could have a road where one section is extremely steep and Ffordd Pen Llech in the seafront town of Harlech in North Wales is now the world ' s steepest street .

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The result comes after a campaign by residents led by entrepreneur and architectural historian Gwyn Headley.

He had first wondered about whether the street might be steep enough for the world record after his car slid down it, despite the handbrake being fully locked.

Wales takes world's steepest street title from New Zealand © Getty Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, previously held the title He said he felt "utter relief" and "jubilation" after the announcement, despite some sympathy for New Zealand.

"I feel sorry for Baldwin Street and the New Zealanders, but steeper is steeper," he said.

"At least they have the Rugby World Cup... for the moment..."

To qualify for the record, a street has to be a fully paved public thoroughfare with buildings along it. The measurement is based on the highest gradient over a section of 10m.

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Strava. A small Welsh town could claim the title for steepest street in the world , taking the record from Baldwin Street in New Zealand . Harlech in north Wales could claim the Guinness World Record for steepest street , pending the official measurements.

Some residents of Baldwin Street in Dunedin suggest resurfacing top of street to see off challenge from Harlech in Wales .

Ffordd Pen Llech runs past Harlech Castle, which is a Unesco World Heritage site. It is lined with houses, a shop, a caravan park, a laundry service and a restaurant.

Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor in chief, said: "The local community in Harlech has shown sheer willpower in their quest to earn Ffordd Pen Llech the title.

"We know the anticipation has been building for quite some time now and I'm pleased to see the outcome has brought such joy to the residents.

"I hope Harlech enjoys the celebrations and that the new title brings lots of people to the beautiful town, to experience the world's steepest street for themselves."

The proud residents of Harlech will have to watch out though: some say Vale Street in Bristol could also have a claim to the title.

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