Wales has the world’s steepest street

by Webmaster, 17th July 2019

A street in Gwynedd has taken the crown, adding insult to injury to the unfortunate New Zealanders

We’ve given the Kiwis a fair amount of grief this week. Not only have we grabbed the Cricket World Cup from their grasp, but we’ve now got our hands (or feet) on the world’s steepest street – a crown they’d long held in error, it turns out.

Ffordd Pen Llech in the Gwynedd village of Harlech is a fair old climb (as anyone who's tried it will testify!). So much so that residents thought it may be worth checking, on the off chance, to see if it comes close to Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand – the previous record holder with a gradient of up to 35 percent.

The local council recently arranged for a survey to be carried out, and it turns out Harlech’s slope is even steeper, reaching a whopping 37.5 percent.

And while some of our friends from Down Under have taken the news in good heart, claiming it was probably a draw, only the Welsh street had more boundaries (in reference to how the Cricket World Cup was ultimately decided), others have become more defiant.

Irate New Zealander Matt Hopkinson, who’s been living in the UK for the past two years, fumes: “I can’t believe we’ve been robbed by the British again by the smallest of margins. It’s been a tough week, but give us 80 minutes on the rugby field in Japan this autumn and we’ll set the record straight.”


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