THE title of the world’s steepest street has been snatched from New Zealand by Britain.
The Kiwis’ Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, had claimed the record with a 35 per cent gradient.
But after careful measuring, Ffordd Pen Llech, in Harlech, Snowdonia, has been found to have a 37.5 per cent gradient at its steepest point.
The thoroughfare is lined with houses, a shop, restaurant, caravan park — and Harlech Castle.
Gwyn Headley, who led the town’s campaign, said: “I feel utter relief. And jubilation! I feel sorry for Baldwin Street and the New Zealanders — but steeper is steeper.
“At least they have the Rugby World Cup… for the moment…”
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The Guinness World Record comes after England beat New Zealand in a dramatic Cricket World Cup Final at Lord’s on Sunday.
The record attempt was organised after local historian Mr Headley, 73, roped in mountain surveyor Myrddyn Phillips, who used state-of-the-art GPS equipment.
The classification of steepest street is based on its maximum gradient over a 30ft span.
Gwyn Headley and Sarah Badham show the Guinness World Records certificate[/caption]
The Harlech street has a 37.5 per cent gradient at its steepest point[/caption]
The Guinness World Record comes after England beat New Zealand to lift the Cricket World Cup trophy[/caption]
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