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November 25, 2019.
November 25, 2019.
Today we have planned a cycling trip to the North of Texel. The objective is the lighthouse located on the Northern tip of the island. The route we follow leads through the dunes on the East side of the island. Since we hired plane bikes we have to work our way up and down the hills through these dunes.
Beaches and dunes you will find only on the East side of the island. Behind these a completely flat surface makes up for the rest of Texel.
Ones we reach "de Slufter" we have a short break and a coffee at the nearby restaurant. De Slufter is a large nature reserve that is subjected to tidal flows. Twice a day the sea floods this area and recedes again.
Cycling through the Eierlandse duinen we reach the lighthouse. This was built at the end of the 19th century. You can visit the lighthouse and climb its 150 steps to the top. In total the lighthouse is 35 meters high. Nearby is the small hamlet of De Cocksdorp.
Standing at the base of the lighthouse you have a good view across the Northern tip of the island. It is an impressive huge and wide flat sand mass. In the distance you can see the beach of the next island in the chain: Vlieland.
We cycle south along the Lancasterdijk on the East side of Texel facing the Waddenzee. A few minutes South of De Cockdorp we come across the nature reserve "De Schorren". This also is a tidal region which is flooded during high tide and accessible during low tide. It makes great photo material, so we take another break here.
Taking a right turn to the center of the island we reach the Postweg. This in a straight line will lead back to De Koog. Along this road is also located the Texel Airport with the Texel Paracentrum. If you are a dare devil you can bail out of an airplane and parachute back to the airport, either solo or in tandem formation.
There is also a large restaurant with an outside area. We sit down at one of the many tables and watch how planes are loaded and take off. It does not take very long till you can see the parachutes open and gradually make their way down to the airport.