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.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    20: 1x4, 2x6, 2x2
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    Sole use £280 pn. Individuals & small groups (weekdays only) £15 pp, children (5-15) £7.50, under 5s free.
  • Booking:

    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

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is available to individuals, has availability this Christmas and is on the available autumn half term page, the IHUK signage page and the present or past youth hostel page.


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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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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Shining Cliff Hostel- an ideal location for running and fitness groups!

October 11th 2019

With 20 beds in self catering accommodation in a beautiful off road, woodland setting in the Derwent Valley this is a great location for fitness groups.

There is a huge potential of running and walking routes from the hostel door that take in the beautiful landscape of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.
The off road location within Shining Cliff woods makes it an ideal location for yoga retreats and forest bathing groups.


October half term availability

September 30th 2019

Available between Sunday 27th and Thursday 31st October – you can hire the entire hostel or book a bed. A fantastic woodland, off road setting in the Derwent Valley.

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site is running many Open Day events during this period, providing lots of things to do in the local area.

shining cliff youth hostel in the woods

Escape to an enchanting hideaway this Christmas

September 17th 2019

Nestling in 100 acres of ancient woodland and surrounded by nature, Shining Cliff Hostel in Derbyshire is your perfect Christmas getaway. Accessed only on foot, a 10 min walk along a rough track, your Xmas adventure will start before you even arrive.

Still available from the 23rd to 29th December, the hostel sleeps up to 20 across 5 rooms. Why not gather your family together this Christmas and treat them to a celebration to remember. At £340 per night with discounts for more than 2 nights, it isn’t going to break the bank!



Celebrate Christmas at Shining Cliff Hostel in Derbyshire
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