Has Wales got the world’s steepest street?

Residents of a Welsh community say they have the world’s steepest street – steep enough to beat the current record-holder in New Zealand.

Baldwin Street in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s south island, has a confirmed gradient of 35% at its steepest but residents of Harlech say their challenger, Ffordd Pen Llech, is steeper at 36%.

But it isn’t just about the gradient – a street must also have houses, be a public thoroughfare and be paved to be eligible for the title.

Having passed those tests, however, Harlech residents have sent measurements to Guinness World Records to see if they can claim the title.

Competitors take part in a race up one of the world's steepest street in Dunedin, New Zealand on September 18, 2011
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The current record-holder is Baldwin Street in the New Zealand city of Dunedin

The Kiwis aren’t impressed at the idea they could lose their world record.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull told Sky News: “If the Welsh street which might have steeper bits and not so steeper bits, if it turns out to be ultimately steeper, then we will call on the gods of earthquake and tilt our street a little more and regain the title.”

Freya Bentham, councillor and cafe manager in Harlech, said: “The kiwis can say what they want but the measurements will speak the truth.

“Whatever happens, this has been brilliant for Harlech and we’re proud of our little lane.”

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