Horden Beach

Horden Beach - County Durham
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Horden is a former mining community on the North Sea coast, about 12 miles south of Sunderland.  The long beach, composed mainly of shingle and pebble, backed by grasslands and cliffs, bears testament to this industrial past.  Colliery waste used to be dumped here, and there was a time when the sand was blackened by coal-stained waste. 

Today, this stretch of the coastline has been regenerated, and most of the coal deposits have been gradually washed away by the sea. Some of the rocks here have an interesting hue, being stained by iron-ore.

There are some good walks to be had along the beach, the cliff tops, and to the south, around Dene mouth.  Places to eat, shops and other amenities can be found in Peterlee.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Good fishing

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NZ 4475 4249

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Horden Beach Reviews

Jul 01st 2021

Very isolated stretch and a great place to come to relax your mind. You can go all along the beach as far as Hartlepool, and given its remoteness often see seals. The mouth of the beach also has a path towards the beautiful castle eden dene to the west, and a national trust trail path which takes you to seaham in the north and crimson beach to the south. Very underestimated and a hidden gem