| Parts of the southern half of the walk
are a rough trail over the natural and rugged New England rocky shoreline.
Walkers need to be especially careful and alert in these challenging areas. RI
State Law seems to apply to Limit Liability of property owners. [see
| You pass at your own risk on the walk,
which is a public right-of-way over private property. In spots just a couple of
feet from the path are abrupt drops of over 70 feet. Wild bushes and weeds
often hide this danger.
As you walk
further south you have to scramble from rock to rock and proper shoes are a
must. Even with good shoes, fine sand on some of the rock surfaces can be very
One of the main things to watch
for is Poison Ivy which grows well in rainy summer
weather along some areas of the path.
Nevertheless, the walk remains one of the top attractions in Newport and is
taken by people of all ages. Current estimates have a quarter million trips
made each year.
The walk starts at the
western end of Easton's or First Beach at Memorial Blvd. and runs south with
major exits at Narragansett Ave., Webster St., Sheppard Ave., Ruggles Ave.,
Marine Ave., Ledge Rd., and ends at Bellevue Ave. at the east end of Bailey's
Beach locally referred to as
This aerial overview covers
northern end of Cliff Walk
with the forty steps in the middle
Breakers in the upper left corner.
[This is the easy walking part of the
At Marine Ave. there is a
small natural beach [Belmont] that is often used by surfers to launch their
boards when surfing off the "Breakers" on those rare occasions when hurricanes
are passing offshore.
of RI designated rights-of-way to Cliff Walk are marked with brass plaques at
Webster St., Narragansett Ave., Ledge Rd., Ruggles Ave., and Seaview
|It's not just
"From Memorial Blvd. to
Ochre Point, south of the Breakers, the rocks are Coal Age black shale,
sandstone, and conglomerate that has metamorphosed to slate, metasandstone, and
"The Coal Age (300
million-year-old) sedimentary rock is important scientifically because it alone
of the major rock masses in the state contains enough fossilized plant remains
to allow geologists to date geologic activity in this region.
Point got its name from the yellowish (ochre) oxide of iron in the rock,
although much of this has since been removed, covered, or eroded. Continuing
south, toward Rough Point, one can see Precambrian metasedimentary rocks, which
mainly consist of light-colored slate and metavolcanic rock.
"Past Rough Point occurs the Newport
granite. The granite consists of several types: coarse-grained granite with
large pink feldspar crystals; finer-grained, more evenly textured granite that
cuts through the first type; and numerous quartz veins that can be seen in
almost every rock type in the area."
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