Nov., 2013 Note from Cliff Walk Commission: Until
June 13, 2014, the section of the walk from Ruggles Ave. to Ledge Rd. is closed
for reconstruction due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.
The walk is open
from Memorial Blvd. past the Breakers to Ruggles Ave. (There is no exit at
Ruggles. The nearest exit from the walk at that point is to return to Shepherd
| 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.
"Ochre 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.
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." See
http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu for more
|| A Guide
to Newports Cliff
Tales of Seaside
Mansions & the Gilded Age
By Ed Morris
160 pp, 5x7 in., 47 color images + 5 Maps
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