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250 kilometres of hiking trail, 140 kilometres of cycling trail

On Texel, you can walk and cycle for days without using the same path twice! You walk and cycle through woods, dunes, farmland and beach and encounter the most beautiful landscapes and viewpoints along the way. There are no fewer than 250 kilometres of footpath and 140 kilometres of cycle path spread across the island.

A walker's paradise

Texel is dotted with footpaths through the most varied landscape in the Netherlands. From the dunes of the National Park to the pine forest, and from damp heathland to vast sandy beaches. There is always something new to discover. The trails range from easy walks to more challenging treks, so there is something for every type of hiker. Along the way, you are bound to come across some of the many bird species found on the island, or the Texel sheep and lambs grazing in the meadows. Would you like to follow a signposted route? Then download one of our free walking routes, or follow the coloured posts. Find more tips on our page about hiking.

Cycling with a view

For cycling enthusiasts, Texel offers a network of 140 kilometres of well-maintained cycle paths covering the entire island. These paths take you past some of the most picturesque places Texel has to offer, including the historic lighthouse, quaint villages, old farms and unique nature reserves. Cycling on Texel is a great way to explore the island at your own pace, with the freedom to stop wherever and whenever you want. Would you like to follow a mapped-out route? Then download one of our free cycle routes, or put one together yourself using the cycle junctions. You will find more tips on our page about discovering Texel by bike.

Maps and routes

Just arrived on the island? Be sure to drop by our shop at Emmalaan 66 in Den Burg. You will find various maps of the island and guidebooks such as Eilandroutes and Fietsknooppunten. The staff are also happy to give you personal tips!

Additional hiking and cycling tips

  • Plan ahead: Check out the different routes and plan your trip based on your interests and the desired duration of the trip. There is something for everyone!
  • Local delicacies: During your walking or cycling tours, be sure to stop at one of the many local catering establishments for a piece of Texel cheese or a refreshing drink. Along the way, you are sure to come across stalls and booths selling all kinds of local products.
  • Respect nature: Stick to the paths and don't leave any litter, so everyone can continue to enjoy the beauty of Texel.
  • Want to hire a bike? Then do so prior to your holiday. That way you can be sure that the perfect bike will be waiting for you. You can easily hire a bicycle online.

Sustainable joy

Texel is strongly committed to sustainability and preserving its unique nature. By choosing walking or cycling as a way to explore the island, you contribute to the protection of this beautiful part of the Netherlands. The island offers good facilities for visitors who want to enjoy all the beauty Texel has to offer in an eco-friendly way.

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