Pittsburgh's Canton Avenue loses 'steepest' title to Welsh street

Welsh town wins title for world's steepest street

Ffordd Pen Llech boasts a pant-worthy gradient of around 37.45 per cent, according to an independent surveyor - Dunedin's street measured a gradient of just 35 per cent, narrowly missing out on holding onto the title.

But the town can now add something else to the list - Harlech is officially the home of the world's steepest street.

In a released published overnight, the new record was confirmed, with Ffordd Pen Llech taking the title from Dunedin's Baldwin Street.

Harlech resident Gwyn Headley, who led the campaign for Ffordd Pen Llech to be recognized, said he felt "utter relief" to have finally won out.

Harlech, a sleepy town set in the hills of North Wales, boasts a attractive seaside, a 13th century castle and stunning panoramic views.

Mr Headley's research found the street was the steepest in Great Britain, though a different methodology was used to calculate Baldwin Street in New Zealand.

Harlech resident Gwyn Headley, who campaigned for the street to be verified after hearing of Baldwin Street's record, said: "I can not say how pleased we are that Ffordd Pen Llech has now been recognised as the steepest street, not just in Wales, not just in the United Kingdom, not just in Europe, but in the entire world".

He says he feels sorry for New Zealand, but that "steeper is steeper".

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Baldwin Street was the kind of accidental tourist attraction that can be both a blessing and a bit of a nuisance for locals.

New Zealanders couldn't resist joking about the defeat.

"I've been covering high jinx and stories to do with Baldwin Street since 2008, there's been lots of interesting things happen on that street, many of which have gained worldwide attention, there's been a dip there, lots of high jinx world records broken and of course the ultimate world record was broken today by a Welsh town".

Ms Badhan said: "We're absolutely elated and exhausted of course after the hard work over the a year ago".

To be eligible for the record, entrants must be a public road which is fully paved and surrounded by buildings. Well, this would be the second major blow that the country would face after the recent Cricket World Cup 2019 loss.

It was excused for not presenting blueprints older than 1842 as the street is believed to have existed for more than 1,000 years.

"It's fantastic. We've got the castle, the record, the views".

"The local community in Harlech has shown sheer will-power in their quest to earn Ffordd Pen Llech the title". Dunedin mayor Dave Cull told Stuff that officials may refer to the street as "the southern hemisphere's steepest street".

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