The Phoenix Trail is a dedicated off-road footpath and cycling trail between Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire and Thame in Oxforshire. Well, there is the odd road crossing but it’s a very quiet road. There are 30 sculptures along the trail, some are more impressive than others.
The path itself varies a lot in terms of its construction. Some section are nice tarmac but other bits are quite rough. On the section we walked there were some areas that were just dirt tracks. It was easy enough to get the pushchair through, but the boys did find it hard-going on the scooter at times. Bikes would be easy enough of course, being a cycle path! It’s a nice path to walk along. There’s lots of beautiful countryside to see – we spotted lots of cows along the way as well.
The Phoenix Trail Route – Princes Risborough
You can see the full route map here. The route starts in the centre of Princes Risborough at Market Square. It then goes through various parts of the town and past Princes Risborough train station. As you go past Princes Risborough cricket and tennis clubs the route starts to get more rural.
There are various other access points along the route. We joined at the point where it goes over the Lower Icknield Way because it had parking. There’s another access point at Sandpit Lane but it doesn’t have any parking.
When we visited the Phoenix Trail we walked until a little way past Sandpit Lane and then turned back again.
There’s another access point on the Chinnor Road in Towersey. It doesn’t seem to have a lay-by but it looks like quite a few people just park at the side of the road. There’s several pubs and a nice playground in Towersey that are worth visiting.
The Phoenix Trail – Thame
The end point of the Phoenix Trail in Thame is either Thame Leisure Centre or the A329 near Thame Cars (which seems like quite a sad end to the path!). Other access points in Thame are at Coombe Hill Crescent, Moreton Lane, Windmill Road and Chowns Close. All of these have residential parking, if any at all.
Our Phoenix Trail Review
The Phoenix Trail is a popular walking and cycle path, but it’s not necessarily the most interesting walk. I think that some sections are better than others and it’s a good off-road place for the kids to walk and ride their bikes. If you’re looking for a more interesting walk then click out my family walks section. The lack of parking is a bit of an issue too.
Parking / How to get there
Parking is an issue. We parked just off the Lower Icknield Way (not entirely sure how secure parking around here is so don’t leave any valuables on display.) There are places in Thame, Princes Risborough and Towersey that you can park though.
There are none along the route
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