Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway
A standard gauge railway running both steam and diesel engines on the old Great Western Railway branch line between Princes Risborough and Watlington. The railway is open from March until Halloween with Santa specials running in December. There are special train services through out the year such as Mother’s day, Murder Mystery Dining, Quiz nights, Wine & Dine, Wildlife On The Move and Fathers Day.
The line runs for over 3 ½ along the foot of the Chiltern Hills parallel to the Icknield Way, across pretty countryside allowing views across the Vale of Whiteleaf. The railway are working towards extending the line right into Princes Risborough Station. The trains are boarded at Chinnor where a replica of the original station has been built.
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The Phoenix Trail
The Phoenix Trail is a non motor vehicle route between Princes Risborough and Thame suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There sculptures to see along the route and there are great views of the Chiltern Hills and it is also a good place to spot red kites.
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Memorials to RAF Pilots and Crew
Outside Princes Risborough Library at the top of the High Street are memorial stones dedicated to the crew of three planes that crashed in the area during the Second World
War. These airmen gave their lives to ensure that the planes did not crash into the town. There are seats in front of the memorials where you can sit and read the stones. A great deal of research was carried out by our local Town Councillor Dennis Green to find out the full facts of these crashes. That research allowed for the families of the airmen, some travelling from Australia to be present at a dedication service held in July 2013, shortly after the stones were first erected.
Above the village of Whiteleaf is a chalk cross with a triangular base carved into the hillside. It has dominated the local landscape for several centuries, it is believe to be a pagan symbol and can be seen from across the Vale of Aylesbury. The views from the top of the cross are amazing. Nearby is a Neolithic barrow that was re-excavated a few years ago. The car park that serves Whiteleaf Cross can be found at the top of Peters Lane, Whiteleaf. Access to the cross is by way of a path that is suitable for pushchairs and mobility scooters. On your way to the cross look out for the practice trenches used in World War One. There are picnic tables in the area, 7 footpaths and bridleways, along with informal paths. There is a flat grassy area above the cross ideal for kite flying. In all, the site is home to 5 scheduled ancient monuments. Just across the road is The Brush Hill Nature Reserve.
A booklet on The Whiteleaf Cross can be downloaded here
The Pudding Stone
A block of pebble conglomerate believed to be a way-marker for prehistoric man is situated next to the car park on the corner of Horns Lane, Princes Risborough opposite the roundabout. This stone used to be at the foot of a post, with only its tip showing in what was then known as the “Back Lane” and is now known as the lower part of New Road.
The ladies at The Information Centre, Horns Lane Princes Risborough Tel. 01844 274795 will be happy to help with any more information regarding things to see and do in our area.