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A sleepy little seaside community in northwest Wales will soon find itself swamped by tourists. Just a few days ago, the Guinness World Records awarded the title of “the steepest street in the world” to a short winding thoroughfare in Harlech, a town of 1,400 residents, located within the Snowdonia National Park. The title was previously held by Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand.

The road named Ffordd Pen Llech is one of two roads surrounding Harlech Castle, the town’s other important site—a 13th century castle sitting atop a spur of rock close to the Irish Sea. The road descends up the rock spur linking the higher town center with the railway station close to the sea level. The climb is 330 meters long with an elevation again of 50 meters, which brings the average gradient to only 15 percent, but sections of the street measure an impressive 37.5 percent, or 2.5 percent more than Baldwin Street in Dunedin.

Ffordd Pen Llech

Ffordd Pen Llech on Google Street View.


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