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This Street In Wales Could Be The World's Steepest, Stealing NZ's Record

New Zealand's claim on this world record could be in steep decline.

Residents of Harlach, in Wales, are extremely confident that the street of Ffordd Pen Llech is steeper than the current record holder in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dunedin's Baldwin Street is currently regarded as the world's steepest, with a 35 percent gradient at its steepest section.

But residents in Harlech claim Ffordd Pen Llech -- near the town's iconic castle Snowdonia -- has a gradient of 36 percent.

Ffordd Pen Llech in Harlech, Wales. Image: Facebook/ Gwym Headley.

An application to Guinness World Records was submitted by the residents last September, and after months of waiting, the official street measurements will be taken on Wednesday.

While it will take until the end of January for the official results to be determined, resident Gwyn Headley, the instigator of the attempt, is confident.

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

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Headley sought the help of a surveyor to prove its steepness. The measurement numbers were looked at by a local mathematician and approved by the local council before they were passed on to Guinness World Records.

Surveyor Myrddyn Phillips (left) took many measurements of the street. Image: Facebook/ Gwym Headley.
What Characteristics Does A Street Need To Be The Steepest?

Guinness World Records sets out the exact way a street's steepness can be determined.

Steepness: based on the maximum gradient of the street over a 10 metre span.

Street: defined as a public throughfare that is regularly used by people. Vehicles are also driven across it.

Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand. Image: Getty Images.

Ffordd Pen Llech in Wales is commonly used by residents, with homes located at the bottom of the street and shops at the top. People often commute to the top of the hill to access the shops.

Baldwin Street in New Zealand is a residential street, with houses lining it the entire way to its summit. People who live on the street walk and drive up and down it everyday to access their homes.

Featured Image: Getty Images.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au