The parish of Horsley is situated in one of the most scenic parts of east Tynedale and forms part of a World Heritage Site. There are outstanding views of the Cheviots, Simonside and the North Pennines from Horsley Hills. An extensive network of public rights of way and quiet lanes through open space and mixed woodland, provide the horse rider, walker and cyclist great opportunities for exercise, peace and relaxation. A large scale map is on show in the front porch of the Hearth arts centre in Horsley village. There is also fishing at the Whittle reservoirs located in the north of the parish as well as opportunities for bird watching at the hide on the Great Northern Lake. The Hadrian’s Wall long distance path is situated one mile north of the village of Horsley and is connected by existing rights of way, one of which is published on the Hadrian’s Wall Heritage website. Horsley has a woodland dating to the medieval period that is particularly noted for its diverse range of flora and fauna. The Hadrian’s Wall Country railway is linked to Horsley village by a further two public rights of way one of which travels through Horsley wood from Wylam station. The other path from Prudhoe station follows the western edge of the parish through Whittle Dene then east to Horsley village.
The main settlement within the parish is Horsley village. This village is steeped in history. Many of the buildings have strong architectural features and are of great historical significance. At the Hearth in Horsley several seventeenth and nineteenth century listed buildings around the village church have been restored and converted into the art and music centre you see there today. Visitors can see several information boards outlining the history and the flora and fauna of the area, artists at work in their studios, take in a music concert or join an art class. There is a coffee shop in two period rooms which also serves lunches and has gallery spaces where art work can be purchased. A laminated village heritage trail is available at the Hearth for you to borrow on your visit.
You will always receive a warm welcome in this beautiful Northumberland village.