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 and is available to individuals. It is on the IHUK signage page and the present or past youth hostel page.

It has availability at Christmas.


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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Woods at Shining Cliff Hostel
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News & Offers from Shining Cliff Hostel

Children and dogs will be overwhelmed by the exploration available in Derbyshire

November 22nd 2019

This tucked away gem is a fabulous base for anyone with a sense of adventure

Being secluded in the woods has never felt better, with a handy location this hostel can be used as an excellent base for adventurers looking to explore . So much to offer you’ll be spoiled for choice of walks or cycle paths. Many hills to climb and caves to discover. Children and dogs will be exhausted after you’ve toured some of the many local attractions. Wirksworth is a short drive away, from there a quick trek up Black rock will reward you with an incredible view of the surrounding area. The peak district is also easily accessible, with more than its fair share of beautiful locations, pubs and activities speaking of which Crich tramway village is within walking distance if you wish to take a trip through time.

Dog surveying the land

Christmas in the Woods, with 50% off 3rd and 4th nights.

November 13th 2019

Shining Cliff hostel has availability over Christmas; a beautiful woodland setting for your Christmas gathering.

The hostel accommodates up to 20 people in 5 bedrooms and is fully self catering. Sole booking over Christmas is £340 per night. If you book 3 or 4 nights, I am offering a 50% discount for the 3rd and 4th night.

Special Offer

Christmas in the Woods!

November 5th 2019

Self catering accommodation for 20 people situated in a unique, off-road woodland location. Shining Cliff hostel is a brilliant place to gather with friends and family over the Christmas holidays

Shining Cliff hostel is available from 23rd – 29th December. The cost is £340 per night for sole use (works out at £17 per person if you have 20 people).

shining cliff youth hostel in the woods

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