Autumn Walk along The Phoenix Trail

Sunday, 19 October 2014

As we're experiencing such mild weather given that it's October, we wanted to get out today to take advantage of it and get some fresh air.


Due to the incident with the baby back carrier on our last walk (the strap broke!), we needed somewhere that was an easy walk where we could take the pushchair for when Little Miss A got too tired to walk. I remembered hearing about the Phoenix Trail and after a bit of research, this seemed perfect. 


We knew we couldn't do the whole trail (it's 5 miles) so we chose to start from Thame and walk for about an hour before heading back. Next time we'd start from Princes Risborough and come the other way along. 

The Trail is along a disused railway and was ideal for Little Miss A to be able to walk by herself. It's traffic-free so a really safe environment for her to wander and roam along. The tarmac path meant it was easy to push the pushchair (it did get used on the way back so was worth taking with us!). 

It was really great to see so many other people on the Trail. Walkers, runners and lots of cyclists, particularly family groups. If you want to make it along the whole Trail from Thame to Princes Risborough (or vice versa) then you'd definitely need to cycle!

Along the trail are various artworks and benches some of which reflect the route's railway heritage. Little Miss A particularly enjoyed exploring these! We passed under 2 bridges which we made a lot of noises underneath to hear the echoes! She was also interested in the graffiti artwork (good job she can't read the words yet!).


This walk was just what we needed today. We were out for about 2 hours in total but we definitely didn't cover that much distance along the Trail. We have to accept that it takes a lot longer now Little Miss A wants to walk so much herself, but it really is so much fun letting her just wander by herself and explore!


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