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Much of Texel’s dunescape forms part of the Duinen van Texel National Park. Nationwide there are 20 such National Parks, 17 of which have been planned by the state. These are all areas of outstanding natural beauty which require special attention and preservation. Texel’s National Park covers the entirety of the island’s dunes and woodland - from the southernmost tip at De Hors to the dunes close to the lighthouse at the island’s most northerly point. In total, an area of 43 square kilometres. The Duinen van Texel National Park is home to a wide diversity of landscapes.
Nowhere in the Netherlands is it possible to find such a rich diversity of landscapes in such a small area. On the west of the island, you will find dunes, inundated dune valleys, a mixture of deciduous and coniferous woodland, tidal marshes and heathland. The flora and fauna are rich with many rare plant species and protected birds which you can observe at close quarters.
Most nature reserves on Texel are located in the National Park and are open to the public. Staatsbosbeheer, the state forestry commission, responsible for managing the National Park, has developed an extensive network of trails throughout the park. There are options aplenty for cyclists and horse-riders too. The Duinen van Texel National Park devotes itself to protecting and developing the natural environment, and is involved in educational, information and research projects.
The Duinen van Texel National Park is divided into a number of zones. Not all parts are accessible or suitable for general use. This depends on the natural features and the vulnerability of the area in question. The woodland on Texel lends itself to many recreational uses however. For example, there is a plethora of walking, cycling and horseriding trails, play areas, an ATB route and barbecue sites.
The website of the Duinen van Texel National Park provides you with full details of its nature reserves and the possibilities for exploring the area for yourself or as part of an organised excursion. The zoning of the park is perhaps best explained by using the map.
The map of Texel gives you a handy overview of scenic attractions in the Duinen van Texel National Park