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:

    Sole use £280 pn. Individuals & small groups (weekdays only) £15 pp, children (5-15) £7.50, under 5s free.
  • 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 IHUK signage page, the ideal for retreats page, the present or past youth hostel page and the Holidays in Isolation page.

It has availability at Easter, May Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday, Autumn Half Term, Christmas, New Year and February 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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Woods at Shining Cliff Hostel
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News & Offers from Shining Cliff Hostel

Deep cleaned hostel in the woods: sole use availability at Easter

March 13th 2020

Shining Cliff hostel, located off-road within the beautiful Shining Cliff woods in Derbyshire is available for sole use from 6th-8th April; Normally £280 per night due to present coronavirus guidance I am happy to negotiate a lower price if a family want to get away with sole use of the hostel for a few nights.

Due to coronavirus, the hostel is being deep cleaned and a gap of at least 12 hours is being left between groups. The hostel is normally deep cleaned between every group, but for the present time I am also disinfecting hard surfaces.

The hostel is in a beautiful woodland setting, with two fire pits available to use in the hostel grounds, nestling up to the crags that give the hostel and woodland their names. There are many walking options from the hostel, and the hostel is located in the World Heritage Derwent Valley.


Easter holidays ‘Book-a-bed’ at Shining Cliff hostel, Derbyshire

January 10th 2020

A unique, off-road woodland hostel in the World Heritage Derwent Valley, Derbyshire. You can book a bed in a shared, single gender dorm or book a private room between 5th and 12th April 2020.

Shining Cliff hostel is a fabulous off-road, self-catering hostel, with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and large communal dining, lounge and kitchen area. The hostel is situated within the 100 acre Shining Cliff woods near Ambergate.
There are a huge range of walking routes from the hostel, adventures to be had exploring the woodland, nearby cafes and pubs to visit within walking distance. Good transport links to the Peak District and nearby places of interest such as Matlock Bath and Cromford Mills.
Adults £15/night, children £7.50 per night, under 5’s stay free. Dogs allowed by prior arrangement.

shining cliff youth hostel in the woods

Summer holidays fun at Shining Cliff hostel in Derbyshire

January 2nd 2020

Book-a-bed is back at Shining Cliff hostel from 20th – 31st July!
A wonderful 100 acre woodland setting to base your summer holiday adventures in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.

£15 per adult, £7.50 per child, under 5’s stay free and dogs are welcome by arrangement. I am happy to offer other dates if the book-a-bed dates do not fit with your plans, just get in touch by phone or email.
There is masses of exploring and playing to be done in this beautiful woodland, a fire pit to use, a huge range of walking & running routes from the hostel, and beautiful places to explore nearby like Matlock Bath.

shining cliff youth hostel in the woods

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