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The Many Facets of Cliff Walk

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Cliff Walk is so much a part of summer — always on the short list of what my house guests want to do. So I couldn’t slip into fall without sharing some of my favorite images of this iconic trail, many taken from dramatic vantage points.

And just to make it extra compelling, I’ve invited two super-photographer friends, David Thalmann and Nick Mele, to join me and contribute their favorites also. It was difficult to choose (David’s emails were arriving from late evening into the wee hours of the morning).

Photo Credit: David Thalmann
Photo Credit: David Thalmann

Obviously, Cliff Walk has great appeal for many people (me included).

Photo Credit: David Thalmann

The Tea House at Marble House. An unexpected sight along the Cliff, making it all the more enticing.

Photo Credit: David Thalmann

Cliff Walk’s rugged beauty pairs well with the changing colors of the sky, clouds, and water.

Photo Credit: David Thalmann

So magical… the built-long-ago elegant stone bridge along the Walk on its southernmost end, seen from the lawn off Doris Duke’s home,”Rough Point.”

Photo Credit: Nick Mele

And to close…

Photo Credit: David Thalmann

Thank you, David and Nick.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

7 thoughts on “The Many Facets of Cliff Walk

  1. Truly outstanding photos. They transported to the magnificent cliff walk. Thank you
    From the Newport of the west!!

  2. Bettie,
    What truly stunning photos that capture the essence of the Cliff walk. Each time I visited my daughter at Salve come rain,shine, cold or wind a walk along the length starting at the 40 steps was a must. I spent 2 years at Salve myself in the late 70’s, which was my introduction to this magical place. I was happy after Salve when she got a job as a reporter on Block Island and then the Narragansant Times. Visits to Newport were the bonus of a visit with my daughter. She now lives in Charleston SC, which in its own right is beautiful, but can’t compare with the place I fondly call my second home. Thank you for such a wonderful post of one of my most favorite places in Newport. Judy T.

    1. It truly does inspire us all! Fun to hear your history with this magical town and this most historic walk.
      And yes, I agree, Charleston is special but Newport is singular. Happy fall, Bettie

  3. The bridge at Rough Point is a reconstruction about 15 years old. It is not “old” as the caption implies. For decades it was a long platform shielded by chain link fence and a wooden privacy screen. The original bridge was washed away during a hurricane many decades ago.

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