LOCALS tie cars to posts to stop them rolling down Britain’s steepest street.

The 22-degree slope leaves residents’ legs aching while cyclists use it as a fitness test.

Vale Street in Bristol has been featured on a world-wide “dangerous roads” website.

Julie Wheat, a resident for more than 20 years, has even seen people skiing down it.

Describing driving up it, she said: “You whack the car into first gear, put your foot down and hope nobody is coming down. Once you start, you just keep going.”

Local Mat Goren said: “I’m Dutch, so for me it was quite a novelty.”

Home-owner Katherine Haddow has to hold on to railings to get up it in icy weather, but she loves the views.

Ordnance Survey said Vale Street is four degrees steeper than Old Wyche Road in Worcestershire — with roads in Sheffield, Lincoln and Dorset making up the UK’s top five.

OS said: “Results give the average slope across the length of each road.”

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