Phoenix Trail Cycle Route Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
The Phoenix Trail is an 8 mile, almost entirely traffic-free cycling route in Oxfordshire, linking Princess Risborough with Thame. With the steepest gradient along the route being less than 2%, we can safely call it very flat (as is often the case with trails built on disused railway lines.
Surface on the Phoenix Trail
The surface is either smooth tar, or self-compacting gravel, and is rideable all year round. Mudguards on your bike will definitely help though, especially after rain.
Only standard bicycles are suitable for this route. Touring bikes with panniers will struggle.
There are toilets at the Princess Risborough train station, and also in Thame.
Points of Interest
The historic city of Oxford is nearby.
Routes in Oxfordshire
Unfortunately, there are several barriers along this route. The worst barriers at at the lane crossings for Chinnor Road and New Close Farm Road.
Refreshment stops: ⭐
Forecast for the Phoenix Trail
What it looks like
The route as shown in the map below starts at the train station in Princess Risborough. That makes it easy to get to the start in a car-free manner, simply by taking your bike on the train. However, before doing so, do read my Bikes On Trains guide first.
It is also possible to cycle from Oxford, along rural lanes, but that’s obviously not traffic-free.
To find more routes, click this link.
DayCycle routes are routes can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below) from which you can download the GPX file for the route.