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 and pillowcases. Three bathrooms each have a shower cubicle and composting toilet (similar to airline toilets not holes in the ground!). There is a ten minute walk, down a very 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. Sole use only. 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 per night. Individuals & small groups £15 per person (weekdays only).
  • Booking:

    Phone or email
  • Directions:

    See website for directions. 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 IHUK signage page and the present or past youth hostel page.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
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

Shining Cliff hostel – the hostel in the woods – has only 3 weekends left available to book this year!

July 15th 2019

The remaining weekends available to book this beautiful off-road hostel in the middle of a woodland are 2nd November, 7th December and 21st December. Christmas is also available.

There is also plenty of availability mid-week. I am able to take individual book-a-bed bookings during the week depending upon availability.
Sole use of this 20 bed, self catering hostel is £280 per night, individual book-a-bed is £15 per person.
The hostel has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, self catering kitchen, open plan lounge and dining area. There are two fire pit areas and an outdoor picnic table area. It is a superb place to feel ‘away from it all’.

Special Offer

Summer Holiday Availability

June 20th 2019

Shining Cliff hostel, located off-road in the beautiful Shining Cliff woods in Derbyshire has availability over the summer holiday period.

See available dates.

From the 12th August to 18th August you can book – a – bed for £15 per person. It is a fabulous hostel that has been going since the 1930s. There are two outdoor fire pit areas for campfires, loads of pretty Derbyshire walking routes from the hostel, and a historic woodland to explore on the bank of the River Derwent. The hostel is self catering, with an open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge area. It accommodates 20 people in 5 bedrooms.


The iconic Shining Cliff Hostel in Derbyshire is re-opening

January 18th 2019

Shining Cliff Youth Hostel has a new lease of life. With plans to reopen in March 2019.

Owned by the Grith Pioneers  since the 1930’s Shining Cliff Hostel was run by the YHA for many years during which time it was rebuilt in stone.  They gave up the lease in 2011 and in 2012 the Lindley Educational Trust re-opened the hostel as a groups only hostel and ran it for 6 years.

In this latest lease of life the Iconic little hostel,  deep in the woods of the Derbyshire Dales,  will continue to be an Independent Hostel run as a private enterprise.  Watch this space for more news and opening dates.

the old shining cliff hostel

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