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Phoenix Trail (Princes Risborough to Thame)

Route Details

  • From - To: Thame to Princes Risborough
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Type: Shared use path for walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and horseriders 
  • Surface: Part tarmac, part limestone dust
  • National Cycle Network: Route 57

Route Description

The Phoenix Trail has something to suit everyone, whether it's a quick, traffic-free cycle ride between Princes Risborough and Thame, a tranquil path to amble along with your dog on a summer's evening, somewhere safe to teach your child to ride their first bicycle, or a connecting route for horses to get on and off the Ridgeway at Bledlow. 

Rich in wildlife, the trail is particularly renowned for red kites, impressive birds of prey that thrive in the area. The trail also features some great artworks, some of which reflect the route's railway heritage, and magnificent views of the nearby Chiltern Hills. Whatever the weather or season, the Phoenix Trail gives you the chance to get out into the fresh air all year round.

The Phoenix Trail is flat, well-surfaced and ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There is also seating every 500 metres. The first 2.5 miles out of Thame are surfaced with tarmac and the remainder with compacted limestone dust. Wheelchairs may experience difficulty with the access ramps at Towersey Halt and the B4009.

Art Trail

The Phoenix Trail comprises a series of 30 artworks sited over 5 miles between Thame and Princes Risborough. It was inspired by the old railway environment and the landscape looking out to the Chiltern Hills.

Lead artist Angus Ross together with six furniture students from Rycotewood College in Thame made sculptures and distinctive resting places using mainly green oak, locally sourced from the Chilterns.

Lucy Casson was commissioned to make three copper characters on poles. Lucy also ran educational projects at John Hampden and Princes Risborough schools. The project was an overwhelming success in many respects, reflected in the fact that it succeeded in winning the 2002 'Arts, Business & Community' Award from Arts & Business.

The project was a partnership between Sustrans, Rycotewood College, The Arts Council, Ercol Furniture Ltd, the Transnational Woodlands Industries Group, Arts & Business and Wycombe and South Oxfordshire District Councils.

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Latitude: 
51.73221032499134
Longitude: 
-0.9027190364989757
Zoom level: 
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The Phoenix Trail has something to suit everyone, whether it's a quick, traffic-free cycle ride between Princes Risborough and Thame, a tranquil path to amble along with your dog on a summer's evening, somewhere safe to teach your child to ride their first bicycle, or a connecting route for horses to get on and off the Ridgeway at Bledlow. 

Length: 
5 miles