A street in Wales has been given the title of the steepest street in the world, thanks to a successful campaign to get it deemed as such.
The Ffordd Pen Llech street was chosen over a New Zealand street, which has been beaten in the terms of the steepness sweepstakes. Guinness World Records on Tuesday said that the street of Ffordd Pen Llech at the seafront town of Harlech has a gradient of 37.45%, which is two percentage points steeper than the former title-holder Dunedin in South Island, New Zealand. Here's a tweet by Guinness:
In a report, Guinness said that:
"Ffordd Pen Llech, which snakes through the town of Harlech, has a gradient of 1:2.67 (37.45% stretch over fall). That means those travelling on the street go 1 m up (or down) for every 2.67 m travelled horizontally."
The campaign for the title was led by businessman and architectural historian Gwyn Headley. He says he feels “jubilation” now that the street has been recognized. He said that he feels sorry for New Zealand, but that “steeper is steeper.”
"I’m thrilled for us but in every game there has to be a losing team," Gwyn said.
"I feel sorry for them, but a record is a record, figures are figures – it’s inarguable." he added
Here's a video that demonstrates how steep the street is:
Meanwhile, residents are elated after Guinness declared the street as the steepest. Here's what some of the residents said:
"It’s fantastic. We’ve got the castle, the record, the views. You can’t beat us!"
As per reports, visitors are flocking to the place to see the steepest street. Here's what one visitor said:
"The first day of vacation we went to the shop and I bought some postcards for Belgium – and we heard about this climb. It feels very good to climb up."
Meanwhile, Netizens are reacting to Guinness' declaration of the new steepest street. Here are some of the tweets:
(With inputs from AP and Guinness World Records)