Published: Sat, January 12, 2019

Exploring the challengers to New Zealand's Baldwin Street

Exploring the challengers to New Zealand's Baldwin Street

Residents in Harlech believe Ffordd Pen Llech is the street with the sharpest incline on the planet.

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

While Baldwin St's record claims a grade of 35 per cent, Pen Ffordd Llech is reported be higher, at 36.6 per cent.

The street is one-way and only allows traffic to descend the hill, a restriction that is thought to thwart cyclists from attempting the gradient.

But the mayor of Dunedin appeared to brush off the challenge to its record by telling the Guardian Baldwin Street had faced them before but had 'seen them off'.

Another suggested Baldwin Street reinvent itself as the world's steepest cycle lane, while another mooted idea was to resurface the top of the street to increase the gradient and retain the title. "We would have to change signage around the street and reprint a lot of brochures around town", one resident wrote on Facebook.

The road has become a hit with Instagrammers as when photos of houses on the street are taken on an angle, it creates the illusion that they are sinking into the ground.

He joked: 'If Wales turns out to have a steeper one we will just have to arrange one of our periodic earthquakes and tilt Baldwin a bit more'.

A Welsh man is challenging a New Zealand town's claim of having the world's steepest street and applying for the Guinness World Record.

New Zealand's super-steep street has become one of the city's top tourist spots - so much so, that in 2016, Baldwin St had a public toilet installed, to ease the strain on nearby business which had dealt with a stream of tourists asking to use their loos.

Dunedin City Council is undertaking a series of upgrades to strengthen the street and help residents cope with the thousands of tourists who visit every year. Local businesses have been trading on the title for the past two years since gaining the record, and the 350-metre-long street has found fame on social media.

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