As a passionate traveler and a dedicated family man, I have always sought out exciting adventures that bring my wife, son and myself closer together. One such enchanting destination that left us breathless with its beauty and tranquility is the picturesque island of Texel.
Join me as I take you on a two-wheeled adventure, peddling along Texel’s scenic trails, discovering hidden gems, and creating cherished memories as a family. Get ready to embrace the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and the joy of exploring this cycling paradise with your loved ones. Let’s embark on this remarkable journey together!
Cycling from De Cocksdorp
Our cycle journey started from De Cocksdorp located on the northern end of Texel. The area boasts a network of well-maintained bicycle paths that wind through beautiful dunes and offer stunning views of the North Sea.
The paths are clearly marked and easy to navigate, making it a great destination for cyclists of all levels. One popular route is the 15km round-trip ride to the lighthouse, which takes you through scenic countryside and along the coast.
With so much natural beauty to explore, cycling is the perfect way to experience the unique charm of De Cocksdorp and its surroundings. As we continue to explore, we were about the discover the beauty of Krimbos.
Cycling through Krimbos
Krimbos is a forest reserve that has been designed to offer recreational activities to visitors. The forest comprises of alternating deciduous and coniferous trees, as well as meadows and trails for cycling, horse riding, and hiking.
Recently, the forest has undergone a redesign to give it a more natural appearance. The steep dune sides have been transformed into environmentally friendly banks, and measures have been taken to slow down the rate of water runoff.
Dunes of Texel National Park
National parks are established with the aim of preserving and protecting natural resources, including wildlife and landscapes, from any potential threats. The Dunes of Texel National Park was created for this very purpose, with a focus on safeguarding the coastal plains and dunes of Texel Island.
The park also serves as a bird sanctuary during the nesting and breeding season, further contributing to its conservation efforts.
The final stretch to the lighthouse took us through the dunes where we encountered some slight uphills. The dunes are a natural form of coastal defence and are constantly changing. This is due to the continual influence of the sea and the wind.
Oh, did I not mentioned the wind before???
Lighthouse of Texel
The lighthouse is located on the northern tip of the island and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the North Sea. Built in 1864, the lighthouse has been guiding ships safely to shore for over 150 years.
Visitors can climb to the top of the tower for an even more breathtaking view, and learn about the history of the lighthouse and its importance to the island’s maritime heritage.
Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a beautiful view, a visit to the Texel lighthouse is a must-do activity on your Texel itinerary.
Texel is a wonderful island to cycle on, and you should go experience it! We had such a great time cycling there as a family, we hope you enjoy the pictures we took while cycling around Texel.
Timelapse of our Trip
I used my GoPro and recorded the cycling trip using a Timelapse. This will give you a quick overview of the the bicycle paths and beautiful nature along the route.
Thank you for joining me on the The Day we Cycled to the Texel Lighthouse.