Explore Texel by bike

Texel is an island with a length of 25-30 km and a width of approximately 15 km. The island is surrounded by beaches, dunes and dykes. Texel consists of 7 villages: from south to north you come across: ‘t Horntje (where you arrive on the island), Den Hoorn, Den Burg, Oudeschild, Oosterend, De Koog and De Cocksdorp. The island is an excellent place to enjoy the outdoors. How you do that depends on you!




Signposted cycle route Texel
57 reference points   –   170 km

Since March 2011 Texel has a signposted cycle route with reference points. You determine your own route and your own distance. Freedom and flexibility are the keywords!

How does it work?

• On the information panels and on the map of Texel you see the numbers of the reference points. Moreover the distances between the different reference points are indicated.
• Remember the number of the starting point of your bike tour, in case you want tot finish where you started.
• Follow the numbered signposts from reference point to reference point.
• You can choose the direction of the next leg of your journey at each reference point.
• There is a limited number of reference points: 57. There are information panels with network maps at various places. So not at every cross-roads, but that is not necessary here.

Enjoy your bike tour!

Beautiful cycle paths
For those who like to cycle, there are lots of beautiful cycle paths on the island. Texel offers 140 km of cycling paths and some are beautiful routes. A real recommendation is the cycle path alongside the Wadden Sea. Here you can cycle over the dyke, looking out over the water, with the sound of the sea in your ears. The old Waalenburgerdijkje between De Koog and Den Burg is also a beautiful route. Near De Koog and Den Hoorn you’ll find lovely cycle paths along the dunes…and if you want a rest, there’s always an inviting terrace or café to be found along the way.

Lamb cycle route
The Texel Tourist Office (VVV Texel) offers the ‘lamb cycle route’: a 35km long route past the sheep meadows on the island. Wonderful in the spring with all the lambs in the fields! In the accompanying book is lots of information about Texel sheep and lambs, such as the best way to roll a sheep back upright and what the coloured markings on the fleeces mean. The book with information is obtainable at VVV Texel in Den Burg.

Bicycle hire
In most of the villages on Texel there are possibilities to hire bicycles. At several bicycle rental shops you can hire tandems and motorized bicycles. In the Kikkertstraat in De Cocksdorp there is a cycle shop who offers various bikes.
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Texel can best be discovered by foot or bicycle. This way you’ll find the most beautiful locations. And you’ll have plenty of time to experience the sounds, scents and colours of the Texel countryside.
You can choose a route before you set out or find your way ‘en route’. There are many signposted footpaths. There is an extensive network of footpaths through the dunes and woods, with clearings where you’ll sometimes be surprised by the heather in bloom. De Hoge Berg is lovely with its turf walls. A beach walk is of course a must for visitors of the island. The vast beach is ever changing. Ebb and flood, wind and water, sun and clouds provide a continuous show.

A farmland walk from east to west
Agrarian nature association De Lieuw has created a walking trail from Oosterend to De Slufter. This ‘cross-country short-cut’ runs mainly over farmland, offering a good impression of the way the northern section of Texel has been drained. Northern Texel had no polders until the seventeenth century. The area between Eijerland and Texel – the ‘outfield’ – consisted of shifting dunes and tidal marshes with sand-flats. Several deep inlets, like the ‘Rog’ and ‘Hoogezandskil’, transported the dammed water out to sea again. Sand and mud remained. This walk will take you on a journey through time. You will see what various draining operations have done to the northern part of Texel, from agricultural land to unique vegetation with unusual plant types.

Footpaths through the meadows
New on the island are the footpaths through the meadows, such as the walks by Oosterend, though the Eierlandse polder and in the former dune areas near Den Hoorn. In this way you can walk to places which were formerly inaccessible and you’ll see the countryside from a different perspective.