Walking, Biking & Scooting Heaven: Phoenix Trail
On my quest to find a traffic free cycle ride that would be safe to scoot, walk and bike, I stumbled across The Phoenix Trail, a 7-mile footpath & cycleway which runs between the market towns of Thame in South Oxfordshire & Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. The trail, which features specially commissioned trailside sculptures, passes through the villages of Towersey and Bledlow.
The Phoenix Trail has something to suit everyone, whether it’s a quick, traffic-free cycle ride, a tranquil path to amble along with your dog or somewhere safe to teach your child to ride their first bicycle.
Although we didn’t manage the full trail (a puncture but that’s another story !) The Three Horseshoes pub is apparently halfway along the route in the centre of the picturesque village of Towersey, 200 yards from the Phoenix Cycle trail. It’s supposedly a family friendly pub with an enclosed children’s play area, so it’s on our hit list for our next trip.
This is a fantastic cycle route, set in a beautiful expanse of countryside. Give it a try and let us know what you think here
Essential Information: Access the trail in Thame via Nelson Street or Windmill Road or in Princes Risborough via Market Square, Church Street, Stratton Road, Manor Park Avenue, Station Road or Picts Lane. There is parking nearby in both towns. The car park in Horns Lane, Princes Risborough, has a public toilet. When our friend did this trail they parked in Market Square, Princes Risborough and cycled to the start of the trail. They had to cycle a few minutes through the town centre/residential area to get to the start, which is NOT traffic free. For anyone with children on their own bikes, they suggested parking in Picts Lane as it is much closer to the start of the trail or you could even cut the ride a bit shorter by parking underneath the Railway bridge off the B4009, The Ford, Sandpit Lane which cuts the trail to just over 5 miles.
Other Attractions nearby: The Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway
For more information and to view the Phoenix Trail map click here.