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England's steepest street - where locals tie their cars to lampposts and ski down in winter

Yahoo! News UK logo Yahoo! News UK 5 days ago Will Metcalfe

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Vale Street, which is located in the aptly named Bristolian suburb of Totterdown, is the steepest street in Britain, with a shocking 21.81º gradient incline. © Provided by Oath Inc. Vale Street, which is located in the aptly named Bristolian suburb of Totterdown, is the steepest street in Britain, with a shocking 21.81º gradient incline. Vale Street has been named the steepest street in the England and locals are forced to tie their cars to lampposts when the road gets icy.

The street, ranked by Ordnance Survey, has been featured on the dangerous roads website which shows spectacular streets around the world and Road Cycling UK claims it is 'as much of a mental hurdle as a physical one'.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Vale Street, in Bristol, which is officially England's steepest street - according to Ordnance Survey. Pictured crowds have gathered for the annual egg rolling competition. (SWNS) Vale Street, in Bristol, which is officially England's steepest street - according to Ordnance Survey. Pictured crowds have gathered for the annual egg rolling competition. (SWNS) Situated in the Totterdown district of Bristol, the 22-degree slope has attracted cycling enthusiasts who say it is ‘just about rideable’ on Twitter.

It’s so steep some residents have NEVER driven to their own homes and each year locals have an egg rolling contest down its slope.

File video: Has Wales got the world's steepest street? (Sky News)

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The top five streets is made up of Old Wyche Road, in Worcestershire, Blake Street, in Sheffield, Steep Hill, in Lincoln, and Gold Street, in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

a house on the side of a road: Old Wyche, in Worcestershire, is Britain's second steepest street. © Provided by Oath Inc. Old Wyche, in Worcestershire, is Britain's second steepest street. Vale Street is four degrees steeper than its Worcestershire stablemate.

And one woman said men have even been seen to ski down in, in the right conditions.

a car parked on the side of a road: Blake Street, in Sheffield, is among Britain's steepest streets according to Ordnance Survey. © Provided by Oath Inc. Blake Street, in Sheffield, is among Britain's steepest streets according to Ordnance Survey. Mat Goren, who lives in Vale Street, said sometimes people are unable to leave their homes when the weather gets icy.

And Katherine Haddow added that deliveries can be 'hilarious' with lampposts being knocked over and everyone 'hears screeching'

She has never driven up the road and clutches on to the railings to get up in the icy weather. Running groups for old people, boys on mopeds and cycling fanatics are regular visitors, according to Katherine.

a group of people walking down a street next to a brick building: Steep Street, in Lincoln city centre, does what it says on the tin. © Provided by Oath Inc. Steep Street, in Lincoln city centre, does what it says on the tin. 'You get kind of used to it'.

Katherine added how the road's height gives residents an advantage of 'completely unobscured' views across the city.

Every Easter residents take part in an egg-race where the person whose yolk travels the furthest without breaking is crowned the winner.

a car driving down a street: Gold Hill, in Dorset, isn't one for car's with a sloppy handbrake. © Provided by Oath Inc. Gold Hill, in Dorset, isn't one for car's with a sloppy handbrake. Julie Wheat has lived on the street and driven up it for more than two decades. She has even seen men trying to ski down.

She told BristolLive: ‘You whack [the car] into first gear, put your foot down and hope nobody is coming down because once you have started, you have just got to keep going.

‘If anyone is coming down the road, they will normally pull in and let you carry on, because trying to do a hill start on that is really difficult.’

The egg-rolling event’s founder Mat said: ‘I’m Dutch, so for me it was quite a novelty to come and live on England’s steepest street.’

He began the eagerly-anticipated egg-race more than 20 years ago with a few neighbours. Three-year-old Eve won the competition in 2017.

‘I walk up [the hill] just like a mountaineer, with a slow pace – that’s the only way to do it really.’

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