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Horse riding on Texel

There are beautiful bridle paths and riding trails for carriage drivers both in the pine wood and dunes between De Koog and De Slufter. These are marked on the ‘Map of Texel’ of VVV Texel, with riding trails for carriage drivers marked with a horseshoe sign and bridle paths with a horse and rider sign.

Explore Texel on a horse

For many riders, riding on the beach is a real challenge. Galloping in the surf with the wind through your hair. On Texel, you can do just that! Riders visiting Texel without their own horse can sign up for an organised beach ride. Various riding schools provide beach rides several times a week, for advanced riders or beginners.

Riding on the beach

Strandrit met paard
Strandrit met paard
Photographer: Iris Borst

In the winter season, from 1 October to 1 May, horses and carts are allowed on the whole of Texel beach. In the summer season, from 1 May to 1 October, horses are welcome on specially designated beaches (labelled as recreational or sporty beaches) from sunrise to 10:00 and from 19:00 to sunset. View this map of Texel to see what a recreational or sports beach is.

Tip: Mind the tides. At low tide, the beach is wide and hard and therefore perfect for great galloping! At every beach access point, you will find information signs with the (temporary) regulations for the beach in question.

Covered wagon ride

Fun to do is a covered wagon ride. You can do this with the Jan Plezier, for a special covered wagon ride through Texel's nature. Or discover the Hoge Berg area, the oldest part of Texel. Puur Texel organises tours through this special landscape.

Riding schools on Texel

There are several riding schools offering pony and horse hire, riding lessons and island rides for children and adults, beginners and advanced riders. Generally, the riding schools are open in the period from Easter to autumn half-term inclusive.

Horse events on Texel

Competitions and horse events are held all year round on Texel. For Look for a complete overview of the horse events on Texel, see the Agenda.

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