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Princes Risborough Phoenix Trail - CYCLE RIDE

  • Jun 15, 2013 · 10:45 AM
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Cycle length 22 miles/35 km approx. Circular.

This bike ride is varied and largely traffic-free, using for the majority of the route a disused railway line that has been turned into a cycle and footpath lane, the Phoenix trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycle Route Descripton

The first part of the bike ride takes us from the small town of Princes Risborough north in a circuit through villages such as Ford and Haddenham until finally reaching Thame for the start of the Phoenix Trail back to Princes Risborough. Some of the villages along this route and the views from the Phoenix trail are impressive.

The Phoenix trail is quite unusual in that its route displays a series of 30 interesting sculptures, which are supposed to be inspired by the local environment.

The sculptures where made by Angus Ross and students from Thame's Rycotewood College. In 2002 these works won an 'Arts, Business and Community' award. The trail itself has a Certificate of Distinction as a European Greenway from the European Commission.

Food and Drink: Please bring a packed lunch and water for the ride.

Meeting: Meet at Princes Risborough station from 10.45am for ride to start at 11.00am.

Lunch and Finish: Please bring a packed lunch and water for the ride. The ride should take about two and a half hours including a 30min lunch stop and maybe a pub at the end or en route, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).

Transport:

Car:
If coming by car I would suggest some of the side streets close to the station, which are free to park. 

Train: The London Marylebone train at 10.09am gets to Princes Risborough for 10.53am, this is run by Chiltern Railways

I would encourage you to seek out other members who coming from London and go as a groupsave, or seek out another member from London that has a bike rack and would be happy to take you. I will be driving or maybe cycling from High Wycombe!

Cycles are allowed on the trains See Cycle Policy

I would encourage you to seek out other members who coming from London and go as a groupsave, or seek out another member from London that has a bike rack on their car and would be happy to take you. I will be driving or maybe cycling from High Wycombe!

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.

RSVP:The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyonewho 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand.
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Weather

Updates will be posted; see also BBC Weather
Please see our weather policy

Cycling

This is a gentle ride; however some of the paths, particularly around the Thames path and the Greenway may be muddy and uneven so I would not advise a road bike. A hybrid or mountain bike would be best.

Some of the paths on this ride are quite narrow, and walkers have priority on the Thames path, so please be respectful about this and take care.

I have a cycle repair outfit and some tools; however I am not a bike mechanic, so please make sure you have a reasonable working bike.

Cycling Safety

Cycling is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk and probably more than walking. Before going on any of these cycle rides you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Some basic cycle tools and spare inner tube or puncture repair outift would be advisable including lights, as well as wearing a helmet for safety. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

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  • Hux

    Great day for breaking my Meetup cherry, thanks to everyone for making it so enjoyable and me welcome. Special thanks to Colin and Leon too for organising the event, and their last minute cycle repair business! Oh, I must apologise for cycling up behind people and startling them with my impromptu conversations. Sorry!

    1 · June 15, 2013

    • Dips

      Thanks for helping me with my gears ! Oh and glad I wasn't the only one getting startled ..... :o))

      2 · June 15, 2013

    • Donna B.

      That's funny!!!

      June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was an excellent day. I was a virgin 5+ miler until today. Lovely company and loads of chatting. :-) Thank you Leon for fixing my bike and putting up my saddle up and Colin & Isabel for organising the day. I am so excited about the next one.

    June 15, 2013

  • Judith

    Thanks for organising another great day! Look forward to the next one!

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Donna B.

    Thanks for organising this, the first 14 miles was absolutely gorgeous! I have never enjoyed a bath & a cuppa so much as when I got in!!! :) Roll on next one..Oh and message me the bank details please

    2 · June 15, 2013

  • Leon P.

    A generally bright and breezy day with sunny spells, but also a few scattered showers across inland areas. Staying quite sunny and mostly dry though in the south. just got this from the BBC

    1 · June 14, 2013

    • Donna B.

      Ha Ha that bit you on the bum!!! :)

      1 · June 15, 2013

  • Dips

    What a fabulous first ride and I survived ! Thanks guys :o)

    2 · June 15, 2013

  • Belinda S.

    Thankyou again for a lovely cycle ride. Sorry I missed the pub but I was rather wet and unpleasant.

    June 15, 2013

  • Fernando

    Unfortunately I can't make this one, but would love to join other bike rides!

    June 15, 2013

  • Donna B.

    Can anyone update on this as the weather is "Heavy rain" :(

    June 14, 2013

  • Shakira

    :(( no bike yet

    June 14, 2013

  • carole

    Sorry for the late change to my RSVP. Hope to see you on the next one

    June 13, 2013

  • Elaine

    Not fit enough at moment

    June 13, 2013

  • Elaine

    Bike and me not fit enough at moment

    June 13, 2013

  • Colin

    Weather for Saturday is expected to be dry and breezy, so looks good for our bike ride!

    June 12, 2013

  • Donna B.

    Anyone need a lift from Wycombe I have a bike rack takes 2.

    June 10, 2013

  • Colin

    Just to remind everyone this is the new date for the bike ride (15 June) as I had to change the original date of the bike ride (1 Jun) due to a course, sorry about that, you should of all had an email.

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really looking forward and I will have my wheels in time. :-)

    May 15, 2013

  • cheryl

    so pleased you are doing more Saturday easy cycle rides now. Sadly can't make this one but PLEASE do more like this which I can attend.

    May 10, 2013

  • Dave

    :(( Can't make this one either. Boo hoo....

    May 8, 2013

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