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December 30, 2012
From journal Exploring New England from Vermont to Rhode Island
New York, New York
September 15, 2011
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
July 4, 2011
From journal Our holiday in the USA part 2
Warwick, Rhode Island
November 26, 2010
August 25, 2006
From journal Newport, RI
August 5, 2006
From journal Newport in the Winter
October 17, 2003
The walk runs three and a half miles and about two-thirds of the walk is in easy walking condition. It is on paved walkways.
The walk starts at the western end of Easton's Beach (Newport's First Beach) at Memorial Blvd. and runs south to the east end of Baileys' Beach. There are exits at Narragansett Ave., Webster St., Sheppard Ave., Ruggles Ave., Marine Ave., Ledge Rd., and Bellevue Ave., if you want to stop and get off.
You pass at your own risk on the walk, which is a public right-of-way over 33 private properties.
The view of the Newport shoreline is spectacular. There are great views of the mansions and the cliff sides. The wildflowers, birds, and geology add to this great walk.
Parts of the southern half of the walk are a rough trail over the natural and rugged New England rocky shore line. You have to scramble from rock to rock. Make sure you have good shoes. This is a must. There are a number of fences guarding the steep drops. In spots, the drop is over 70 feet. The stretch from Ruggles to Ledge Road is the longest and most difficult once you pass the Gull Rock tunnel. This section offers no easy exit. You need to be especially careful and alert in this area.
At the end of Narragansett Ave. are the "Forty Steps". This is a stone staircase that drops about two thirds of the way down the side of the cliff to a balcony over the sea. Some parking is available on Narragansett Ave. A lot of people just go here to see the spectacular view of the ocean. Each step has a name of a person or family or business on it. They have contributed to the steps restoration. During Newport's Gilded Age, the Forty Steps were a gathering place for the servants and workers from the nearby mansions. This part of the walk is easy and in very good condition.
Also, watch out for Poison Ivy. It grows well along some areas of the path. Just be careful and enjoy.
One important thing to do is to take water with you. Whether you walk the whole thing or part of it, the sun gets very hot and you will get thirsty. My husband and I did the whole walk down and back (7 miles). It took us 3 hours and 15 minutes. I was exhausted, but it was worth it.
From journal Long Weekend in Newport, RI
March 8, 2003
The best thing is to check at the Welcome Center and they can tell you when is the best time to go. We ejoyed the Cliff Walk so much that we went back another day and did it again. I can't begin to describe how beautiful it was looking down at water as far as the eye could see, and the smell of wild roses in bloom. It was just beautiful.
From journal Surprising Newport
Fort Johnson, New York
July 29, 2000
From journal Experience the Opulence of Newport RI