Posted on Friday 31 August 2012 by Charles Harvey
For the past few years I have gone to the Towersey Folk Festival during the August Bank Holiday and it’s become a tradition that I lead a ride to tie in with it on the Sunday. Eleven riders met up for this year’s ride, the largest number so far. The weather was good and after sorting out a dodgy tyre so we set off down the Phoenix Way to Thame. The Phoenix Way is a former railway line that was closed in the 1960s and like many such lines has been converted by Sustrans into a path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
After coffee we had a quick look the memorial to John Hampden, the old Grammar School which he attended, the parish church and, rather surprisingly, a blue plaque commemorating W.B.Yeats’ stay in the town. I never knew he’d lived there.
We then left Thame to follow the road via Moreton to Tetsworth. This begins as a quiet tarmac road but then becomes a gravel track. Back on the tarmac we bypassed the A40 and climbed our only really steep hill to Adwell to get to a late lunch at the “England’s Rose” at Postcombe. A large carvery buffet awaited anyone who was hungry. From there we rode via to Sydenham to Towersey for tea at the Lashlake Garden Centre before heading back down the Phoenix Way to Princes Risborough for the 1805 train back to Marylebone.