The varied nature to be found on Texel means that you can enjoy walks through the dunes, across the beach and through woodland too. There are two big woodland areas on Texel: the Dennenbos and the Krimbos.
Various walking routes are possible through the woodland; hours of wonderful walks are guaranteed. On your walks, you might like to take a break at a picnic table or rest a little on one of the many benches. You will find various observation points throughout the woodland, all giving you wonderful views of the vast natural beauty that Texel has to offer. One of the most well-known observation points on the island is the lookout tower on the Fonteinsnol (a low dune). Are you bringing the little ones? In the woods, woodland play areas have been created for the children, where they can tire themselves out playing and building huts. Don't forget the barbecue area either. It's the ideal place to prepare meat and enjoy eating around the fire.
If you come to Texel for the first time and read the name Fonteinsnol on the ANWB sign, you will probably put the emphasis wrong ... We want to explain the name. A 'nol' is a high dune and a fountain is a water source. At the end of the 19th century, the Tesselse bos was created on the site of the Fonteinsnol on Texel. The source was lost due to drying up, but the high dune has remained. The lookout tower at Fonteinsnol is one of the most famous viewpoints on the island.
A BBQ completes the fun! That is why there are special barbecue places on Texel, where you can relax outside. The De Dennen forest area is located along the Randweg between De Koog and Den Hoorn. Here are barbecues that you can use for free and prepare your own food in a beautiful nature reserve. Do it safely: because of fire safety, only charcoal is allowed (bring your own).
In the summer, the wood is cool and refreshing. When the weather is less good, it offers protection against the elements. Autumn is the ideal time for a woodland walk. At this time of year, the woodland takes on the feel of a still life, with its gold-coloured leaves and wild mushrooms and toadstools. However, the woodland walk is always enjoyable: whatever time of year you visit Texel.
Tens of footpaths and routes take you straight through the woodland on Texel. You can choose to do a marked out route or a route of your own choice. Sometimes a walk will involve a soft woodland path, but you might want to do a walk on hard-surface paths too. These paths mean that even the less mobile can still enjoy a walk through the woodland.
De Dennen: now a wonderful recreation area on Texel, but once planted for logging. Read here about cycling and walking routes through the Dennenbos.
On Texel, there are many different nature reserves: sandbars, salt marshes, mudflats, dunes, woodlands, old salt marsh creeks and meadow bird reserves in
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