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Another suggested Baldwin Street reinvent itself as the world's steepest cycle lane, while another mooted idea was to resurface the top of the street to increase the gradient and retain the title.

While Baldwin St's record claims a grade of 35 per cent, Pen Ffordd Llech is reported be higher, at 36.6 per cent.

The town of Dunedin, New Zealand, now holds the record, with Baldwin Street being measured as having a 35 percent gradient at its steepest point, but Gwyn Headley says a street in his native Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales, is even steeper.

The residents of Harlech believe Pen Ffordd Llech, a street in their town, is the true holder of the title and are now surveying the claim to send to Guinness World Records.

What he'd original considered a private driveway had become an official part of the street - and he measured it as a nine metre stretch with a staggering 41 per cent grade.

'We are only a small town but Harlach has a lot going for it.

Reacting to the impending threat of losin gtheir title the mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull said Bladwin Street had faced challenges before but had "seen them off".

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However, the recent challenge from Wales isn't the first attempt to take Baldwin St's title - here are three other challengers to the title from around the world.

He joked: 'If Wales turns out to have a steeper one we will just have to arrange one of our periodic earthquakes and tilt Baldwin a bit more'.

The people of Dunedin feel a little threatened by Harlech's challenge.

The 14 homes on the street are generally at the bottom of Ffordd Pen Llech with the local shops at the top, meaning it is steep climb to go to collect groceries. "It's very social, very busy".

Dunedin City Council is undertaking a series of upgrades to strengthen the street and help residents cope with the thousands of tourists who visit every year.

The trend has significantly increased visitor numbers - especially during the winter season when tourists usually avoided the area because of frost, ice and occasional snow.

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