Newport, Rhode Island’s Cliff Walk Has Fully Re-opened
The famous Cliff Walk has fully re-opened after a two-year hiatus due to repairing storm damage. But don’t be deceived, the “Walk” is no stroll on the beach! About a third of the free, 3.5 mile coastal path is across very rocky terrain. Sometimes the large, relatively flat boulders provide fairly easy passage, but other portions require some climbing, as well as navigating loose, sharp rocks. It could be treacherous if conditions are windy and/or wet and slippery. The other two-thirds feature paved or gravel paths, most with guard rails. There are numerous points tor stop for photo ops or just contemplate the beautiful scenery.
Today was a beautiful, slightly cloudy, breezy day in the 70’s; perfect for the walk. It took us about 2.5 hours with lots of photo stops and slow, careful movement across the rocks. It was a fabulous experience with unmatched views, not to mention a different perspective of the massive Guided Age mansions spread out like a string of pearls along the rocky coast.
TIPS: There are new public restrooms by the “40 Steps” portion of the Walk, near the Breakers on Narragansett Ave. Wear good rubber-soled shoes andgo with a friend.