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The Cliff Walk
Somewhat surprisingly, surfers were around the walk as well. 7.17 Rhode Island ratingStar
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The Newport Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles and leads from Memorial Boulevard to just past Land’s End Point. The walk is mostly flat and paved, but there is a short section near the Breakers mansion that crosses over large rocks. Views of both the ocean cliffs and several Gilded Age mansions are good on clear days. It’s also a popular recreational venue for both tourists and locals alike, especially for local joggers and dog walkers. There are also a number of access points along the walk, but parking on nearby streets may be restricted so pay attention to the signs.

At the time of the visit in July 2014 about half of the Cliff Walk was closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was also a foggy afternoon with occasional drizzle, so views were greatly reduced. In addition, the 40 Steps Staircase leading down to the shore around Narragansett Avenue was closed, which otherwise would have provided good shore access. A number of surfers still climbed over the rocks in places to get to the water but did so at their own risk and in contravention to various warning signs. Due to the construction and limited time, the walk was about 4 miles roundtrip from Easton’s Beach to Rosecliff mansion.

Even with the closures, construction, foggy conditions, and humid summertime heat, this still was an enjoyable place to take a quiet stroll in the late afternoon and early evening. Thankfully there were no noisy cars, speeding bicycles or errant rollerbladers to have to deal with. The other walkers and joggers were both respectful and attentive. The walk also provides views of some of the famous Newport mansions without having to pay an entrance fee. Large mansions, rugged cliffs and occasional surfers kept things visually varied. On a clear, cool day this would be a great place for exercise as well as sightseeing. Once the construction is completed and full access is restored, Cliff Walk will have even more appeal and likely more foot traffic. It's worth some company though to enjoy a walk on this historic path. It works for a solo jaunt, a date, or just a place to enjoy with friends. Easton’s Beach is a good place to begin a walk as there were was plenty of parking, and it is near the northern terminus of the walkway.
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