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‘I Walked Up The Former Steepest Street In The World And Instantly Regretted It’

Anyone who has been to Wales may not be that surprised to find out the world’s former steepest street is located here.

Due to a technical change to the guidelines, Ffordd Pen Llech in the town of Harlech lost its Guinness World Record title in 2020.

I only found this out after writing this article. All the signs around the street still suggest Ffordd Pen Llechis the steepest street in the world.

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Although the signs claim a gradient of 37.45% and 40%, Guinness World Records’ new measurement of the centre axis confirm a gradient of 28.6%. in contrast, the steepest street in the world is Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand (34.8% gradient).

At the time, I didn’t know this while I made my journey up this mammoth street. And seeing that 40% sign got in my head.

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I can confirm Ffordd Pen Llechis is very steep to walk up! I don’t think I’d like to live at the bottom of this street!

If you don’t want to tackle this steep street (and I don’t blame you), you can always visit the impressive Harlech castle, enjoy the beautiful views from the cafe and eat award winning ice cream at Hufenfa’r Castell.

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