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The Phoenix Trail, Thame

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#21 of 42 in Parks in Oxfordshire
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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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  • Approximately 6 miles depending on where you start. Easy access from villages along route. Car parking - free - depending on where you park can be limited in some places. We parked along track off Ick...  more »
  • An easy ride for adults and young children and no traffic. It's not that it's anything special but it is quiet and relaxing. Parking close to the trail can be a problem.  more »
  • Great place for a relatively easy cycle. There's lots of routes that 'T' off the trail too so it can be made into an interesting ride. The Chiltern hills, and the superb cycling they offer are only a ...  more »

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