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Review of Cliff Walk

Cliff Walk
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Gilded Age Mansion Newport Trolley Tour
Ranked #3 of 109 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: A scenic 3.5 mile walkway that borders the back lawn of The Breakers and many other Newport mansions.
Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
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“If walking is your thing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Imagine an easy walk where the water views are terrific, the breeze nice, and a close up view of the many famous estates of Newport. Don't skip this walk.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Bill L
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Fairmont, West Virginia
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“What views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Take your camera and do at least part of Cliff Walk. Beautiful views of the ocean and some of the Newport Mansions. Dress warmly if going in the fall or winter months and wear good walking shoes.

Visited November 2012
Thank Oliveliz
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“PASARGADA Yankee style”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

After a nice lunch in Newport especially at the “Spiced Pear,” the restaurant of the “Chandler Hotel” right at the Cliff Walk is a pleasure to walk off that extra food with a long walk along the ocean cliffs of Newport’s 2nd Beach. To your left you have the ocean and to your right you have the back side of the Newport mentions allowing you a gimps into their gardens.

Visited October 2012
Thank AxelEpple
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Salem, MA
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“neat hike along the ocean”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Beautiful scenery and historic mansions were pretty cool to see. At some points down and take in the sights along the rocky shoreline.

Visited November 2012
Thank Peter M
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Bern, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

The reason we included Rhode Island in our New England tour (other than the fact we’d liked the state on our first visit) was to re-visit Chopmist Charlie’s and to do the Newport Cliff Walk which I’d read and heard so much about. Granted much of the talk and blogs had been warnings about cliffs, rugged terrain, poison ivy and sheer length, but coming as we do from the Alps of Switzerland and being used to hikes in the wilderness of North America and Canada where cliffs, wild animals and unpredictable weather abound, we weren’t put off. We were actually looking forward to the “natural beauty of the Newport shoreline” and set off on a cold, blustery day in mid October (before Sandy) to tackle the famous trail. To say we were disappointed by the experience is to put it mildly.

We started as recommended at the North side and parked at Easton Beach (use the large parking half way down the beach rather than the spaces beside the road if you don’t want to pay) and walked back to the trailhead. The whole first section (at least to the Salve Regina University) is pretty boring as hedges and fences largely shield the private houses/mansions behind them. The famous forty steps are just that and certainly not dangerous if you are able-bodied (there are toilets here too for those caught short). After the Breakers the trail becomes more interesting, as do the views, but the infamous rough terrain at this point consists of jumbled rocks which are still pretty easy to negotiate unless you are wearing stilettos. It’s after the Chinese tea house that things really improve, at least where we were concerned. The views open up, the sea gets rougher, the railings disappear and the trail, indistinguishable in places, ascends over a more “natural shoreline”. Yes, there are cliffs here and you could hurt yourself if you weren’t careful, and children have to be watched, but it’s hardly challenging or dangerous. We followed a quartet of Germans, two of whom were very elderly and all of whom were wearing inappropriate footwear and yet they all managed the most rugged section just before Land’s End. Statistically you are more likely to have a car accident on the way to the trailhead than you are to actually drop off the Cliff Walk.

We took two hours to complete the 5.6 km trail stopping frequently along the way and then still had to return to the car via the backroads (where many of the mansions are located and which can be visited if you still feel like walking) as we couldn’t locate the bus stop. Our legs felt exercised and our lungs were full of fresh sea air and at least it didn’t rain, but the views were much of a muchness and the trail was on the whole uninspiring other than the thought that you are traipsing over private property over a historic right-of-way and we spent a much more satisfying afternoon wandering round nearby Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. All in all, it was an OK way to spend a morning, but nothing more, at least for us and despite what many people would have you believe it’s accessible to everyone with a modicum of common sense and fitness.

Tip: park at the large parking half way down Easton Beach to avoid paying parking fees or better still park along Narragansett Ave and start at the Forty Steps to avoid the boring first section.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank wucie
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