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The Phoenix Trail, Thame

Categories: Biking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.3/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is the route of an old railway line. It is well made up for walking. My grandchildren cycle it quite often. Choose your access and egress points with the aid of maps and convenient hostelries can...  read more »
  • Walked several times whilst working in Thame. Lovely views and nice to walk along. Also quite free of litter which is good to see. 
  • The big advantage of the Phoenix trail is that it really doesn't interact very much with traffic. From end to end you will cross only one "proper" road (with a pelican crossing) plus two minor roads a...  read more »
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