Horden is a former coal mining village, although coal mining dominated the village for almost 90 years, the village’s past can be traced back to medieval times. Horden’s park is one of the best kept secrets of the town, beautifully maintained it has interesting facts about mining history, good play facilities and don’t forget to look for the chrysanthemum sculpture in the heart of the park. Also in the park is the Green Leaf café, where you can stop for a meal or refreshments and above the café is Horden Heritage Centre, ran by volunteers, who will happily chat about the contents of the Centre’s themed rooms from a bygone era or show you some interesting Horden photo’s from times gone by. The centre is open seasonally on Wednesdays (10 a.m. – 3 p.m., March to October).
Horden is surrounded by Denes from Warren House Gill in the north through to Ash Gill, Whitesides Gill, Blackhills Gill, Limekiln Gill and Castle Eden Dene in the south.
In our Coastal Footpath Booklet there is a walk around Horden (under the ‘Walking’ section) that follows the England Coast Path passing the innovative passive minewater treatment site, created by the coal authority in 2011 to treat polluted minewater. This, and other information on habitats, conservation and local history, can be found on the website www.changingcoast.org.uk.
Horden site has well marked paths, information boards and seating areas.