Texel Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking the beach and dunes near the lighthouse.
    Hiking the beach and dunes near the...
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  • Close up of the beach.
    Close up of the beach.
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  • The sand under our feet.
    The sand under our feet.
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    Hiking - The National Park trails.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    If you like hiking, Texel is close to paradise! Walking and admiring the beautiful scenery is one of the most popular activities with visitors today. When walking the inland of the island we discovered the real Texel. Villagers sitting chatting outside door steps or having a coffee at the local café. It was amazing and such a fun! We had quite some hikes spread out over the island and we discovered its many trails.

    The Dunes National Park at Texel is a very extensive nature area with important natural assets and hiking is one of the many opportunities to enjoy it. Each of the terrains within the National Park has its own characteristic flora and fauna. We learned that the age of the dunes influences the vegetation which can be found. The young dunes close to the waterfront contain proportionally more lime. This is where hiked through the marram grass. The older dunes lying more inland have a lime deficiency. The extensive nature area, the Slufter, is an exceptional place. Through an opening in the row of dunes, the seawater flows through this plain. It’s a great nature reserve for peace, quiet and unique nature. The hikes are some more difficult, but became a nice challenge for us.

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    Hiking the dunes. Still a few kilometers to go ... Hiking along a dyke, see the windmill.
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel

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    Hiking - A real paradise!

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    The island of Texel offers a number of things to do and activities from walking and hiking to sailing and golfing. Walking holidays are becoming more and more popular, nowadays, and Texel does offer unlimited possibilities for hiking. Walk along dykes and pastures, through woods and dunes. With its rich flora and fauna, dense vegetation and unspoiled countryside, Texel is a real paradise for hikers. Except exploring of secret countryside paths, we admired the old historical villages with its inhabitants, which sometimes brought us to a different world compared to the busy and spoiled beach areas.

    If wanderlust grips your spirit, forget about the tourist-laden beaches, the fancy hotels and the nightclubs. We took ourselves to the hiking trails of Texel and discovered the soul of the island. We noticed that the hiking paths were good of quality and therefore hiking the island is something which is possible to do for everybody! Just drive your car to a nice spot and stroll around. We did not stop hiking when the paths got difficult, because of little Iris (she was almost 1,5 years young at that time). She enjoyed herself, walked along and whenever she became tired she sat in a special bag at our backs and she also had the time of her life just looking around.

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    Hiking the beach and dunes near the lighthouse. Close up of the beach. The sand under our feet.
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    • National/State Park
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    Hiking - Follow the signs!

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 16, 2007

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    Like we said; during our hikes we avoided the heavily developed areas and meandered through diverse landscapes, up and over dune slopes, along extensive beaches and through picturesque villages.

    A network of paths have been laid out, most of which are open to the public. At least keep in mind that dogs must always be leashed in the dunes. Because of the signposts you won’t be able to get lost, but al least do remember their various meanings:
    Yellow: a through-way, for example, to the beach
    Blue: a circular tour whereby one ends at the starting point
    Green: a path in a (protected) rest-area; not open to the public from 1 March to 16 August
    Red: a nature path

    For example we can tell you the hikes had during our stay:
    North: The dunes and beach area surrounding the Vuurtoren van Eierland;
    East: nature reserve the Slufter;
    South: The extensive beach area near Den Hoorn;
    West: The dunes and beach area at Ecomare.

    Hiking is a must do!

    Equipment: Have a look at Texel Packing List.

    Follow the correct sign. Some little lambs we passed on our way. Hiking the dunes towards the beach area.
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    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Wadexcursions

    by catnl Written Mar 18, 2003

    Wad-excursions
    Wad-walking from point to point is not possible on Texel, but there are wad-excursions. The wad bottom that has fallen dry may seem barren, but it is crawling with life. During this nature excursion you will discover what takes place under your feet. Applications at
    EcoMare, tel. 0222-317741

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    offroad biking

    by tompt Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    There is a special offroad biking route in the woods of Texel. The route is 7 km long and has some steep sandy dunes in it.

    Tom is starting the route
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    • Family Travel
    • Cycling

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