Cycling on Rotonda West, Cape Haze Pioneer Trail

WE SWITCHED to pedal power today instead of our regular morning run.

For a short ride it’s nice to do a right, right and right again, then tuck in on the little golf trolley trail to the Long Marsh Golf Course. You’ll end up at the tee for the 3rd hole, which is the one that overlooks your villa. It’s nice to have a look at the golf course from a different perspective and the bike is a quick way to have a gander at the golfers, close up. If anyone is tee-ing off it’s polite to stand quietly and motionless while they do so.

However, if you fancy venturing further afield you can head out to the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail. This is a purpose-built tarmac pathway for cyclists, skaters and walkers, but in truth you’re probably only going to encounter other cyclists. This trail, opened in 1999, is built along a segment of the former Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railroad.

One of the primary uses of this former rail line was transport of phosphate from Florida’s inland mining district to deep-water ships at Boca Grande. Today, the corridor provides an enjoyable experience for trail goers of any age. The future plan is to extend the trail south to the Town of Placida, but for now you can take in as much or as little of the trail as energy allows.

See map below or plan your outing using the Pioneer Trail website.

Short ride to golf course:

Turn right into Tee View Road, right onto the Rotonda Circle, right into Pine Valley Place and then right onto the light gravel buggy trail, through the trees and out onto the fairway.

To access the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail:

Turn right into Tee View Road, right onto the Rotonda Circle, go as far round as you can, turn left at the dead end and left again on to Boundary Road, then keep an eye out on the right for the joining point for the trail.

Enjoy the canal views on your bike ride


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