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Walking on Texel

Discover the best walks on Texel

Walking on Texel: panoramic views; a varied, rich natural landscape; wonderful, peaceful trails. The landscape changes from dunes to beach, marshes, heathland and woodland. It’s fun to map out a nice walking route before you set out, but you don’t really need to. Texel has many signposted trails, with a vast network of footpaths running through the dunes and woods. Or how about a lovely beach walk? Enjoy the most beautiful walks on Texel, straight from the parks of De Krim!

Trail route - Mokbaai and De Hors (NL)

Here you will have a wonderful sense of solitude. Hiking for hours along mysterious overgrown paths, chirping birds, lakes with ingenious fish ladders, you may pass an abandoned bunker and, of course, the endless expanse of sand from which the dunes evolved. All this time, you may not see another living soul. Nature rules here. De Hors is the best place to get lost. 

Distance in kilometres: 19.2 - several shortcuts possible
Starting point: Veerhaven Texel

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Trail route - Eierland en de tuintjes (NL)

The north of Texel used to be a separate island. Originally part of Vlieland, it later became detached and drifted closer to Texel. The area was full of eider ducks and seagulls, whose eggs were collected for bakeries in Amsterdam, which explains the name ‘Eierland’ (Egg land). Did you know this is also the name of the lighthouse? The northern point of the island is still a popular area for vagrants and rare migrating birds. The landscape is beautiful and varied. 

Distance in kilometres: 5.7
Starting point: Parking lot near the lighthouse

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Go on a Wadden Sea tour

A visit to Texel is not complete without a Wadden Sea tour.
The Waddenvereniging (The Wadden Society) organises various excursions almost every day during the summer months. These include Wadden Sea tours, trawler trips, dawn excursions, children’s beach days and Wadden tasting events. 


More info about excursions by the Waddenvereniging on the Wadden island of Texel.

The best Texeltips

De Slufter

De Slufter

De Cocksdorp, De Koog

De Slufter is a stunning and special nature reserve with an open connection to the north sea. De Slufter is a perfect environment to take long walks in and enjoy the landscape that the changing tides have created. If... 

... there is a strong storm, the area is sometimes even entirely flooded. Many birds can be observed in De Slufter, as they like the special and quiet environment to build their nests here. 

Location: De Cocksdorp, De Koog

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Beach

Beach

Multiple Locations

Texel is known for its long, vasty sand beaches. Even in the main season there is more than enough space to build sand castles, to fly a kite or just relax in the sun. In case you are more at home in the water than...

 ....on land: try Kitesurfing, Surfing or Windsurfing! And at the end of the day many cozy beach cafes offer the possibility to sit down and let the day rewind with a hot chocolate or a Texels bier!

Location: Along the coastline

Walking Routes

Walking Routes

Multiple Locations

A walk on Texel will produce wide, open views, varied and rich wildlife and lovely, quiet footpaths. The landscape changes from dunes to beach, from meadow to heath and woodland. Many kilometres of footpaths...

...and a wide range of paths are waiting to be explored. The National Forest Service built 180 kilometres of footpaths on Texel. And Society for the Preservation of Nature has very pretty routes too.

Location: Multiple Locations

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Sommeltjespad

Sommeltjespad

De Koog

Take the Sommeltjespad through De Dennen. You’re sure to meet Sommeltjes on a lovely woodland walk; these gnomes show children the way to the playgrounds on your walk. Sommeltjes are...

... Texel’s own gnomes, who come to life at night and dance on Sommeltjesberg. In the daytime, they turn to stone and guide children along the Sommeltjespad. If you look carefully, you can Sommeltjes everywhere.

Location: Pelikaanweg, De Koog

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Excursion: Salty creeks of the Slufter

Excursion: Salty creeks of the Slufter

Oudeschild

The forester's tip for autumn? Put on your boots and go outside! Join us on an excursion and stroll through the salty creeks of the Slufter. Walking across the salt marsh, wading through creeks and climbing over dunes you will discover this special nature reserve...

 ... This excursion takes place in the part of the Slufter that is not freely accessible. You can enjoy it under the guidance of the Staatsbosbeheer Texel guide. Duration 2 hours.

Location: De Slufter, De Cocksdorp

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De Geul

De Geul

Den Hoorn

De Geul is a long valley between two rows of dunes, with a small lake and an observation tower facing Mokbaai to guarantee wonderful views. Many rare...

 ... birds have made De Geul their home. In fact, it’s the site of the world’s largest colony of spoonbills, who share it with a large colony of gulls. The rangers here regularly organise excursions.

Location: Mokweg 18, Den Hoorn

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Skéép en Lantskap

Skéép en Lantskap

Den Burg

Texel truly is an island of sheep. There are more sheep than people! Follow the landscape path to the Schapeboet and learn all about keeping sheep on Texel. The Sheep Museum is more...

... than just a museum. It’s a combination of landscape, history and silence. The total footpath is 8.5 kilometres, but you can choose to take the shorter, 3-km route.

Location: Hoornderweg 29, Den Burg

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De Bollekamer

De Bollekamer

Den Hoorn

Few places in the National Park Duinen van Texel are as varied as the dunes of De Bollekamer. Go for a stroll in the dune valley. In the eastern part of De Bollekamer...

...the dunes are more whimsical. The rows of dunes create lovely views. The area is full of lovely walks. Perhaps you’ll see the Scottish highland cattle.

Location: Rommelpot, Den Hoorn

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De Mokbaai

De Mokbaai

Den Hoorn

De Mokbaai is a miniature version of the Wadden Sea, with salt marshes, mud flats, a channel and a mussel bed. De Mokbaai’s salt marsh is an important refuge for wading birds at high tide. Much of the bay...

.. is dry at low tide. The salt marshes run along its edges and there are two bird reserves in the north: De Petten and ’t Stoar, making De Mokbaai an ideal spot for birdwatching. 

Location: Mokweg, Den Hoorn

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Fort de Schans

Fort de Schans

Oudeschild

Fort de Schans, built for William of Orange in 1574, is a wonderful heritage site. The fort was to protect the Texel Roadstead from the Spanish. You can see...

  ... the fort and auxiliary forts from the highway. You can walk around this star-shaped fort, which is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, or go on an guided tour.

Location: Schansweg, Oudeschild

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De Dennen

De Dennen

De Koog

Mention Texel and beaches and dunes are the first things that come to mind. However, Texel has some beautiful woodland: De Dennen It’s great place for walks or bike rides. As well walking or biking in De Dennen...

... you can play and have picnics too. There’s a barbecue area, an MTB route and woodland playgrounds for the kids. The Alloopath is a wheelchair walk. 

Location: Ruijslaan 92, De Koog

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All prices 2019 include VAT, reservation fee and excluding toerist tax of € 1.85 per person per night, with a maximum of 7 nights. Prices for all holiday homes and furnished tents with bathroom include final cleaning. The following applies additionally to the holiday homes and all furnished tents: including bedlinen for the 1st person, excluding mandatory bedlinen from the 2nd person and on at € 8.95 per person. Prices subject to change.

All prices 2020 include VAT, reservation fee and excluding toerist tax of € 2.25 per person per night (price subject to change). Prices for all holiday homes and furnished tents with bathroom include final cleaning. The following applies additionally to the holiday homes and all furnished tents: including bedlinen for the 1st person, excluding mandatory bedlinen from the 2nd person and on at € 9.10 per person. Prices subject to change.

For group bookings, please contact the Booking office.

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