Wandelen met hond op Texel VVV Texel fotograaf Kaz Paul van The Hike

Walking with dogs

Texel is a great place for your dog too! Your faithful four-legged friend will love walking along the beach and through the dunes. Dogs are more than welcome on Texel.

On the lead?

Wandelen in de duinen met hond
Wandelen in de duinen met hond
Photographer: Justin Sinner

The rules are simple: your dog is allowed to go wherever you go. In places where you have to stay on the hiking trails, your dog should too. Your dog does not need to be leashed on some parts of the island. In some areas this is mandatory, espacially during the breeding season. Texel is a real sheep island. Every year, sheep are injured or killed by dogs that are not kept inder control. Therefore, keep your dog on a leash where sheep or other livestock roam. You clean up dog poo, of course, just like at home.

Read here where to leash your dog and where free walking is allowed.

Walking tips

Outside the breeding season, the Bleekersvallei is a wonderful place to walk the dog. You can make a round trip here where you encounter beach, dunes, woods and heathland and the dog is allowed off leash almost everywhere. Between 1 September and 1 March, De Hors is also a great place to walk. The dog can let off steam on the wide beach. Please note that in the dune areas and on the path between the Horsmeertjes there is a leash obligation.

Are you on Texel during the breeding season, between 1 March and 1 September? Then take a brisk walk through De Dennen forest or along the unguarded beach parts. The large beach near the lighthouse is highly recommended!

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