Walk the Sommeltjespad in De Dennen. During the beautiful forest walk you will come across Sommeltjes and various playgrounds. Sommeltjes are little earth men from Texel who come to life at night to dance on the Sommeltjesberg. During the day they turn into stones and show children the way on the Sommeltjespad. If you look around, you will see Sommeltjes everywhere.
Sommeltjes are gnomes that live in Sommeltjesberg mountain. At night, they all come to life to dance in the moonlight. But, as soon as dawn arrives, they are very hard to find. They are really small and can change their shape, but Sommeltjes also turn to stone when touched by sunlight. But some of the Sommeltjes aren’t quite fast enough and you can find all these little creatures along the trail.
Now that you know what Sommeltjes are, we can tell you a bit more about the trail. It starts on the Pelikaanweg near De Koog, where you can also park your car or bicycle.
At the edge of the forest there’s a big arch that you must pass through. This marks the start of the trail that is about 1.5 kilometres long. Everywhere alongside the route there are markers featuring a pair of eyes surrounded by green edging. If you see them during the walk you will know that you are still on the right trail.
Along the way, you will see more than just Sommeltjes. If you look carefully you will also see animals made of wood. These animals are hidden in the trees but can also be found on the ground. Then there is a section with lots of painted birdhouses and you will also pass a number of playgrounds.
Anyone fancy a break? No problem at all. There are a number of benches along the trail.
Are the kids still bursting with energy? Then visit the fenced birdwatch area as well. Take a left after the frog at the pond, before you get to the picnic benches. If you then take the next left and keep on walking, you can’t miss the fenced birdwatch area! Here, you can watch wheatears and white wagtails.
Editors De Krim Texel
Update: March 17, 2022 13:00