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Between the villages of Den Burg, Den Hoorn and Oudeschild lies a more or less hilly landscape (at least it is hilly for a flat island as Texel is) with the highest hill ‘Hoge Berg’ at ‘more than’ 15 metres above sea level.
The pastures in this part of the island are separated by so called ‘Tuunwallen” and do have a lot of typical Texel sheep-shed and drinking pools for the sheep. ‘Tuunwallen’ are man made walls of about 1 metre high and are made of piled turfs. They separate meadows and fields in this part of the island and are unique for the Netherlands.
‘Tuunwallen’ date back to the year of 1562 and nowadays there is about 80 km’s of these hedges meandering through the scenery. Since a couple of years they are renovated and new built.
It is nice hiking around between these walls and watching the sheep and lambs (in spring). Just walk around on your own or ask a self guided walk at the Information Office in Den Burg.
The website (in Dutch) has some more info/pics: http://www.zeeinzicht.nl/vleet/content/ned/index.php?use_template=ecomare.html&item=zee&pageid=NED1243.HTM
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