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

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement and is available to individuals. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the list of hostels who helped in the time of CoVid-19, the IHUK signage page, the ideal for retreats page, the present or past youth hostel page and the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme.

It has availability at August Bank Holiday, Autumn Half Term, Christmas, New Year, February Half Term and Spring Bank Holiday and Whitsun Half Term.


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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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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News & Offers from Shining Cliff Hostel

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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Shining Cliff Hostel is reopening on 4th July, for sole use bookings from 2 households

June 28th 2020

Reduced prices available Sunday to Thursday for groups of less then 12 people.

Find other accommodation re-opening here.

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Thanks NHS!

May 29th 2020

Shining Cliff hostel is surviving the lockdown in several ways, including Kate working as a nurse at her local hospital, so the NHS has helped Shining Cliff hostel keep going!

Just as Kate was planning to reduce her nursing hours and take an income from the hostel the lockdown happened! The small business grant, a very supportive landowner and an NHS income have all helped this hostel in the woods keep going during the lockdown.

Find out what other hostels and bunkhouses are doing to help their local communities.  Community spirit during the Virus Lockdown.

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