World's steepest street - Wales or New Zealand?

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  1. KneesUp

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    For a while now, Dunedin in New Zealand has officially been home to the steepest street in the world. However, Harlech in North Wales is now challenging it after they re-measured Pen Ffordd Llech.

    Baldwin Street, Dunedin is 35%, but it is claimed that Pen Ffordd Llech is 36%

    Decision due shortly - story here (from the Guardian - no secret Daily Heil links, you're ok)

    I hope Harlech wins. I remember cycling most of the way up Pen Ffordd Llech on my 1980s Peugeot Premiere. I was maybe 15 metres from the top when a coach coming down forced me to stop, and I couldn't restart (I think it might be one way now?) Might have to go back and do it properly, but I guess that's the point of the publicity :smile:
     
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    KneesUp

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    I’ve just had a look on google maps. The road I cycled was just a very steep road in Harlech (Twtil) not Pen Ffordd Llech. So I’ll definitely have to go back. Not that I need much of an excuse.

    EDIT - spulling mastakes
     
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  3. Electric_Andy

    Electric_Andy Heavy Metal Fan

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    I went to Dunedin in 2008 and it was around then I seem to remember that a street in San Francisco claimed to be the steepest?

    *Edit - it seems that Baldwon Street is still official. They are measuring the Welsh one soon
     
  4. LeetleGreyCells

    LeetleGreyCells Reinvented for 2019 - Formerly RealLeeHimself

    I saw this on the news this morning. Apparently, there’s a sign showing 40% on the road in Wales.
     
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    KneesUp

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    Fake news. I got hills that are steep. Steep hills. You wouldn’t believe how steep they are. Super steep believe me. I know about hills.
     
  6. Salar

    Salar Über Member

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    It's been on the Welsh news the past couple of nights. Not much happens in Wales.
    Apparently it is 36%.

    Are we going to see a film version with Hugh Grant modelled on a piece of old Welsh news "The Englishman who went up a hill but came down a mountain"

    What with this in Harlech and Banksy in Port Talbot, Wales is definitely the news capital at the moment. :smile:
     
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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Didn't a similar claim, by the Welsh Tourist Board, get dismissed about a year ago.
     
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  8. Salar

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  9. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    For the worlds steepest road. They went up against New Zealand, dismissing any other claimants.
     
  10. Salar

    Salar Über Member

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    Yes, that's correct, they are only challenging Baldwin Street in NZ.
     
  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Will they win this time though.
     
  12. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

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    I walked up the Welsh one,it's steep.
    I'd only try and ride up it on my E-bike:laugh:
     
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  13. Salar

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    There is a video on youtube if you want to search for it of the unhinged cyclist on this hill.

    (I won't post it on here because the background music includes bad language and swearing)
     
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  14. Threevok

    Threevok Carpe Rotam

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    That's only a street.

    There are steeper ones near me, but they are not classed as streets, or ignored because they aren't long enough.
     
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  15. Salar

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    The section they were measuring on the news was the lane part of the street.:rolleyes:

    As @Threevok says there are some very steep lanes and hairpin bends etc tarmaced for traffic in the Valleys.

    Even Barry Island has a few steep hills.
     
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