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Harlech street new record holder for steepest in the world

The street is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Harlech Castle. Credit: ITV Wales

Ffordd Pen Llech in Harlech is now officially the steepest street in the world, according to the Guinness World Records.

The street’s gradient has been verified as 1:2.67 (37.45% stretch over fall) by an independent surveyor.

It has taken the title from Baldwin Street in New Zealand. The street in the city of Dunedin has a gradient of 35%.

To win the title, Ffordd Pen Llech had to demonstrate the following:

  • the steepest gradient
  • the street must be a public thoroughfare
  • it must be fully paved
  • contain buildings running alongside the thoroughfare
Ffordd Pen Llech was successful after a local campaign. Credit: Guinness World Records

I feel utter relief and jubilation! Guinness World Records were ultra-specific in the criteria they demanded for Ffordd Pen Llech to qualify as the steepest street in the world and although we were confident in meeting or exceeding nine of them, I was worried about the tenth. 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…

– Gwyn Headley, campaign leader
Ffordd Pen Llech is in the coastal town of Harlech. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The local community in Harlech has shown sheer will-power in their quest to earn Ffordd Pen Llech the title. We know the anticipation has been building for quite some time now and I’m pleased to see the outcome has brought such joy to the residents. I hope Harlech enjoys the celebrations and that the new title brings lots of people to the beautiful town, to experience the world’s steepest street for themselves!

– Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor in Chief
The record measurement is based on the highest gradient over a 10m section of road. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The competition between Harlech and the city of Dunedin has become a popular talking point. Welsh professor, Anne Goulding, who lives in Wellington, spotted that both 'Welsh' and 'Dunedin' have been trending on Twitter in New Zealand.

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