Shining Cliff Hostel, Jackass Lane, Alderwasley, DE56 2RE

Call Kate Tuck on 07794 268059


With its own crags, streams, lakes and over 100-acres of mature woodland, the hidden Shining Cliff Hostel has nature on its doorstep. The hostel is ideal for groups wishing to enjoy time away in a peaceful woodland setting. The entrance porch, with space for hanging coats and boots, leads into the open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area. The well equipped kitchen, has a 6 ring gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and water boiler. The dining area comfortably seats 20 people whilst the lounge provides seating and space to relax. 5 bedrooms sleep up to 20 people in bunk beds. Please bring your own sleeping bags. Three bathrooms each have a shower cubicle and composting toilet (similar to airline toilets not holes in the ground!). There are two fire pits available for use. There is a ten minute walk, down a rough track, from the nearest parking area. Paths lead through the woods to the A6 at Ambergate (20 mins' walk) which has a food shop, pubs, buses and trains to Derby. The hostel also has a separate Woodland Classroom, this and the hostel are both available for hire by the day, morning or afternoon, please see the website for more information. The hostel is available on a sole use basis at weekends. Weekdays it is open to individuals, couples or small groups.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Peak District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    20: 1x4, 2x6, 2x2
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    £280 per night on Friday & Saturday nights with minimum 2 night stay. £200 per night Sunday to Thursday. Reduced to £175 per night if a group of less then 12 people is staying four nights Sunday-Thursday. £100 refundable bond.
  • Booking:

    Book online, by phone or email. Advance bookings only.
  • Directions:

    Directions are provided when you book. Sat Navs NOT recommended.
  • Public Transport:

    Ambergate rail station (1 mile). Transpeak bus on A6 (1 mile)
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available for Christmas 2021 Available February Half Term 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
vWithin 5 miles of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement


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News & Offers from Shining Cliff Hostel

Shining Cliff Hostel is open!

May 11th 2021

In line with guidance from the government, Shining Cliff Hostel has re-opened its doors. Once again you can enjoy a blissful holiday in wonderful Derbyshire with nature at your doorstep, what better way to spend a summer?

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Hire the Classroom in the Woods or the Hostel in the Woods – great for a family get-together around a fire pit.

March 6th 2021

The Woodland Classroom at Shining Cliff hostel is available for day hire throughout the week for £20 per day. The hostel itself can be hired for the day from Monday to Thursdays for £40 per day.

The Woodland Classroom is a wooden hut, one of the original buildings built by the Grith Pioneers in the 1940s, a group of young men establishing a self-sufficient camp in the woodland. It is a single room with beautiful woodland views.
Although there is no running water or electricity there is access to the drinking water from the hostel outside tap and the classroom has solar powered lighting. The classroom has wooden benches running along each wall for seating and seats approximately 10-15 people.The Woodland Classroom also has an adjoining toilet, this has a basic camping toilet (to be replaced in July 2020 with a compost toilet).

There is a fire pit available for use for groups booking the classroom.

The Woodland Classroom is available to hire for £20 per day (8am until 6pm). The hostel hire includes use of the communal areas, self catering kitchen and toilets and outdoor fire pit area. Hostel hire is £40 from 10am until 3pm.


Shining Cliff hostel, the hostel in the Woods is ‘Good to Go’!

July 4th 2020

Shining Cliff hostel has acquired the Visit England Industry Standard mark.

The ‘Good to Go’ standard mark shows that Shining Cliff hostel has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

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Latest Blog about Shining Cliff Hostel

A Weekend in the Woods at Shining Cliff Hostel

March 9th 2013

Rather unseasonable for this year the first Saturday in March was a glorious warm cloud free day. The ancient woodlands where we spent the weekend gloried in the signs of spring already showing a hint of the Bluebells that will cover the understory in six weeks or so.

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