Welsh town inclined to think it has world's steepest street

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2019

Let's get ready to rumble.

Another suggested Baldwin Street reinvent itself as the world's steepest cycle lane, while another mooted idea was to resurface the top of the street to increase the gradient and retain the title.

In the Welsh corner is journeyman Pen Ffordd Llech, which is finally eyeing a shot at the title.

A tiny Welsh town is searching for a place in the world record books - by challenging New Zealand's claim to the world's steepest street.

Located in an otherwise quiet valley of the South Island city, Baldwin Street has attracted daredevils and adventure sports enthusiasts, prompting the local council to upgrade infrastructure and local residents to launch cottage industries selling food, drinks and souvenirs.

In Britain on Wednesday, Pen Ffordd Llech was officially surveyed.

Measurements are being taken on Pen Ffordd Llech and will be submitted to Guinness World Records, with a decision expected later this month.

Mr Headley got in touch with surveyor Myrddyn Phillips, who is using Global Positioning System equipment to measure the steepness of the street.

And it is getting personal.

"We suspect [Dunedin] are steepening the street. It may not be the only record they lose this year (referring to the Rugby World Cup in September)".

The steepest street in the world? Ffordd Pen Llech in Harlech, Wales.

It is the steepest signed road in the United Kingdom but cars can travel to the peak.

The results are now going to be analysed by Guinness World Records to see if it breaks the current record.

Residents in the town of Harlech, in Gwynedd, believe the street called Ffordd Pen Llech stands on a gradient of 36 per cent.

The record taking street must also be a public thoroughfare commonly used by the public, who are able to drive vehicles across it.

That road has a gradient of 35% at its steepest part.

And if the measurements stand up, this is a bigger the 35 per cent gradient of Baldwin Street in New Zealand, which now holds the Guinness World Record for being the steepest in the world.

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