Wales could have world’s steepest street

by Webmaster, 10th January 2019

A North Wales town is bidding for a world record thought to belong to New Zealand

Photo: © Ian Capper, geograph.org.uk

There's something everyone notices as they head along Ffordd Pen Llech in the coastal town of Harlech – the ascent or descent is abrupt.

It's a first-gear job whichever way you do it in the car, a severe brake-tester for your bike on descent, and a severe lung-tester for those ascending by foot or pedal. And now it might just be a world beater.

Measurements are being sent to Guinness World Records to see if it is, in fact, the world's steepest street. This coveted record is currently held by Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, which has a gradient of up to 35 percent.

But it's believed the Welsh competitor, located in southern Gwynedd, may be even steeper than 36 percent in places.

The decision will be made later this month... watch this space.


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