Baldwin Street: Dunedin surveyor wins uphill battle with Guinness World Records ruling

Baldwin Street is once again in top place as the World’s Steepest Street, after a climb-down by Guinness World Records.

In June 2019, Harlech in North Wales was officially awarded the title for its ancient byway, Ffordd Pen Llech. This was quite a come-down for residents of Baldwin Street in Dunedin, which had held it for almost a decade.

However, in a rare reversal of a decision to award a title, Guinness has officially decided that Baldwin was in fact the steeper – after changing how the gradient is measured.

It was a point raised by one proud group from Otago who were not convinced by Guinness’ calculations.

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