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The Phoenix Trail, Thame

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The Phoenix Trail is a 7mi footpath and cycleway which runs between the market towns of Thame in South Oxfordshire and Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, passing through the villages of Towersey and Bledlow.HistoryThe trail largely follows the route of a disused railway line, the Wycombe Railway, which connected Princes Risborough and Thame with the city of Oxford. The line through Thame remained open until 1991 to serve an oil depot based in the town. It was subsequently purchased by Sustrans and converted into a cycle/pedestrian route.The Phoenix Trail forms part of National Cycle Route 57 which also includes the Nicky Line and Ayot Greenway rail trails. As well as cyclists and walkers, the route is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users, as it is flat and surfaced with seating every 500 metres. The first out of Thame are surfaced with tarmac and the remainder with compacted limestone dust. Red kites can commonly be seen along the route. There is a collection of 30 sculptures built by Angus Ross and six furniture students from Thame's Rycotewood College, which draw on the trail's railway heritage and the landscape towards the Chiltern Hills. These sculptures won the 2002 "Arts, Business & Community" Award from Arts & Business, and the trail also holds a Certificate of Distinction as a European Greenway from the European Commission.
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  • Walked this old track for 2hrs each way so didn't get as far as the end but still nice walk which has some lovely views once away from the industrial area. Lots of hawks and other birds - next time wi...  more »
  • 8 mile ride to Princes Risborough, varied and interesting as it has lots of interesting sculptures along the way, used to be the old railway track. Lots of refreshments at the end.  more »
  • This is a nice easy, totally flat, well posted walk which took us about 1.5 hours to do (from just on the outskirts of Princes Risborough to the middle of Thame). The landscape is pretty flat and is m...  more »