Wales challenging New Zealand for steepest street record

Lester Mason
January 12, 2019

At the moment the title is held by Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Baldwin Street in Dunedin is a genuine tourist destination. It runs at a gradient of 1:2.86m, which means for every 2.86 metres horizontally, the elevation changes by one metre.

Residents in Harlech believe Ffordd Pen Llech is the street with the sharpest incline on the planet. Measurements are being taken and sent to Guinness World Records, with a decision to come later this month.

'We are only a small town but Harlach has a lot going for it.

We feel exhausted just thinking about walking up it.

If you're an adrenaline junkie, you might want to add the Welsh town of Harlech to your travel wish list.

A number of ideas have been mooted by Dunedin residents to see off Harlech's challenge, including resurfacing the top of Baldwin Street to make it steeper and rebranding it as the world's steepest cycle lane.


Ffordd Pen Lech lies within Snowdonia National Park and is close to the grand Harlech Castle.

"I was driving down it in the summer when it struck me how steep it could be", Headley told BBC Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales program.

However, the recent challenge from Wales isn't the first attempt to take Baldwin St's title - here are three other challengers to the title from around the world. "It may not be the only record they lose this year (referring to the Rugby World Cup in September)".

Officially the steepest recorded public street in the United States, this Pittsburgh street could actually be the steepest street in the world.

It is also based on the maximum gradient over a 10 metre span, comparing the vertical rise to the horizontal distance.

With a gradient of 21.81 degrees, it may have a slope even steeper than Ffordd Pen Llech's 36.6 per cent.

The 14 homes on the street are generally at the bottom of Ffordd Pen Llech with the local shops at the top, meaning it is steep climb to go to collect groceries.

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