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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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  • August 9, 2017
    The trail follows the line of a disused railway and has been surfaced with tarmac for much of its length near Thame. Nearer Princes Risborough the surface is less formal but still easily passable. The...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This is a beautiful trail, lovely views and perfect with small children - highly recommend. It is very flat with grassy verges to stop for drinks and picnics and everyone else Doug the trail was frien...  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    Lovely walks along here with my new puppy & girlfriend. Always a nice view & such a calm walk. One of my favourites of Thame.  more »

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