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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.