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The Cliff Walk -West of Easton's
(or 1st) Beach
One of Newport's most
Post card sent from Newport to France in October 1904
The most elegant
Newport mansions were built along the rim of a long cliff which
overlooks the Rhode Island Sound. Although the homes at the top of the
cliffs were privately owned, a path along the cliffs remained open to
the public. One of the high society owners built a stone wall across
the walk, but the locals promptly tore it down. When he rebuilt it
even higher and with a broken-glass top, the locals took him to court.
The judge decided in favor of the locals and today the Cliff Walk is
one of the most popular places in Newport.
The path runs
for three miles, from Memorial Boulevard at 1st Beach to Landís End,
near the end of Bellevue Avenue. The Cliff Walk passes by many of the
most famous Newport mansions and leads to the
off of Narragansett Avenue; another popular landmark.