Westport is a planned town dating to the 18th century. To the north of Westport the way crosses the undulating landscape caused by the dumping of huge masses of glacial material. The soil is quite rich and grass grows well making for good pasture and hay. The slopes are well drained but the valleys between betray their wetness by the presence of rushes, Purple Loosestrife and Yellow Flags. The trail follows the old railway line between Westport and Newport. This line opened in 1894 and closed in 1937.