Wales takes world’s steepest street title from New Zealand

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By Sharon Marris, news reporter

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%.

Image: Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, previously held the title

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

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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.

He said he felt "utter relief" and "jubilation" after the announcement, despite some sympathy for New Zealand at such as tragic time.

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"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 …"

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