Street in Wales is declared steepest in the world

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EMBARGOED Tuesday 16 July at 00:01 - Please note - mandatory credit 'Guinness World Records' Ffordd Pen Llech - the World?s steepest street. See SWNS story SWBRsteep. Britain has added insult to injury by taking another coveted crown from New Zealand - the world's steepest STREET. The winding road of Ffordd Pen Llech of Harlech, a small town in Snowdonia, has been taken the world record from the previous holder of Baldwin Street in Dunedin, NZ. Official measurements, taken on June 6, show the Welsh street has a gradient of 37.5% at its steepest point - compared to 35% gradient of its competitor from Oceania. The record measurement is based on the highest gradient over a 10m section of road.
Fford Pen Llech has a gradient of 37 per cent, making it the steepest in the world (Picture: SWNS)

We are not envious of anyone who has to lug their shopping up this road in north Wales.

The street in the coastal town of Harlech has been named the steepest in the world following a campaign by locals.

Ffordd Pen Llech has been officially recorded of being at a gradient of 37 per cent – two per cent steeper than the previous record holder in New Zealand.

On Tuesday the Guinness World Records announced the Welsh street had wrested the title away from Baldwin Street in Dunedin, a city on New Zealands South Island, which has a gradient of 35% and has attracted tourists from all around the world.

Local businesses have been trading on the title for the past two years since gaining the record, and the 350-metre-long street has found fame on social media.

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But locals in Harlech, led by entrepreneur and architectural historian Gwyn Headley, claimed Fford Pen Llech was even steeper, leading to an inspection by an independent surveyor on June 6 who verified the gradient.

Mr Headley, who first wondered if the street was the steepest after his car slid down it while the handbrake was fully locked, said he felt utter relief and jubilation following the announcement.

Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday July 16 Undated Guinness World Records handout photo of Gwyn Headley (left) and Sarah Badhan, stand on Ffordd Pen Llech, in the seaside town of Harlech, North Wales, with a certificate from Guinness World Records, confirming that the road, is the steepest street in the world. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday July 16, 2019. Ffordd Pen Llech, in the seaside town of Harlech, North Wales, has been officially recorded of being at a gradient of 37 per cent - two per cent steeper than the previous record holder in New Zealand. On Tuesday the Guinness World Records announced the Welsh street had wrested the title away from Baldwin Street in Dunedin, a city on New Zealand's South Island, which has a gradient of 35% and has attracted tourists from all around the world. See PA story SOCIAL Street. Photo credit should read: Andrew Davies/Guinness World Records/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Locals have long believed that it was the steepest street and took the title from a road in New Zealand (Picture: PA)
Car handbrakes get regular testing on Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand. Baldwin Street is in the suburb of North East Valley, just outside Dunedin city centre. Baldwin Street is officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world?s steepest residential street.
Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, was the previous record holder for the worlds steepest street

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

At least they have the Rugby World Cup … for the moment …

The street runs past the medieval Harlech Castle, a Unesco World Heritage site, and is lined with houses, a shop, a caravan park, a laundry service, and a restaurant.

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