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    Steepest Street in the World?

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    Steepest Street in the World?

    Post  Guest on Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:00 pm

    Anyone fancy cycling up the steepest street in the world, Calle el Monroy, Tenerife?:
    https://www.google.nl/maps/@28.416299,-16.487274,3a,75y,199.64h,93.35t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1skP3Bjk2DNxOu_D8njYy0WQ!2e0

    Yeah, I know Norris and the tourist board of New Zealand thought/think it's Baldwin Street, in Dunedin: https://www.google.nl/maps/@-45.849702,170.53489,3a,75y,131.33h,84.52t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1ssUKy5llDT0b8Dmpi9ogJ1A!2e0

    But... I'd put my money on Calle el Monroy, Tenerife.
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    Re: Steepest Street in the World?

    Post  Martin on Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:47 am

    Baldwin street looks a easy compared to Tenerife!

    Steepest residential street in UK - http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3506192 (Bristol!)

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    Steep Hills

    Post  Guest on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:48 pm

    I cycled up Valve Street last summer. It was pretty difficult because I had to sprint up Park Street which is a hill itself; to get the speed to hit the lower slope of Valve Street. If I remember rightly... Summer Hill the next street along towards Bristol on the Bath Road was pretty steep too.

    Fford Pen Lech, Herlech, Gwynedd is another steep street in the U.K.: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.8611,-4.106939,3a,75y,133.38h,86.26t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s-fTn7Yq4xNKKa6DGJPFR8Q!2e0 Only thing is.... It's a one way street so you have to break the law to climb it.

    One of the hardest climbs I done last year was Station Road / Rhwir Road, Clydach, Gwent. Halfway up just past the Cambrian Inn pub into the trees was the hardest and steepest part: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.809904,-3.118174,3a,75y,204.96h,91.64t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s74ZFYvsPPCqAwKTBvZiQLQ!2e0 It was raining cats and dogs the day I climbed it so it made it really problematic and a lot tougher.
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    Re: Steepest Street in the World?

    Post  Pirate on Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:27 pm

    I've looked at the picture of the motorcyclist riding up the hill in Tenerife. And on that basis I would disagree with the Tenerife candidate being the steepest.

    That small section of Valve Street in Totterdown is just plain stupid. It's very short, but it's gotta be steeper than 40%. It's like a wall!

    I inadvertently drove a car down that in 1992 and nearly ended up in someone's house. When I got out of the car to gather my senses, an old lady came out and said I was stupid for driving a car down it - nice attitude!

    I suggested they install a water lift like the one in Lynmouth.

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    Post  Guest on Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:48 pm

    I never knew the Cliff Railway was water powered. Well, you learn something new everyday. I bet that Cliff Top Cafe gets jammed packed in the summer.

    Yeah, I sort of agree, because some parts don't look that steep, but from where I dropped the pin at; to the white house with the brown garage door on the right hand side looks ridiculously steep.

    I'm guessing if you take the overall length of Calle el Monroy and work out the overall gradient percentage. It hasn't got an overall steeper gradient than Baldwin Street, but if you take certain section of Calle el Monroy. The road gradient is a lot steeper than any section of Baldwin Street. Calle el Monroy goes up a side of mountain whereas Baldwin Street only goes up a hill.

    I bet my bottom dollar you was trying to impress a girlfriend by driving down Valle Street! Lol... The only reason I didn't bottle it; cycling up Valle Street was there was a group of young ladies having a chit-chat on Park Street. Haha....

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