Shining Cliff Hostel, Jackass Lane, Alderwasley, DE56 2RE

Call Kate Tuck on 07794 268059


With its own crags, streams, lakes and 600-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 an induction 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 toilets. There is a stunning hostel fire pit area that nestles against Shining Cliff crags. It is a ten minute walk, down a rough woodland footpath, 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 Hut, this and the hostel are both available for hire, please see the website for more information.

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 Fri/Sat (min 2 nights). £200 Sun-Thur. Sun--Thurs discounts for smaller groups & long stays.
  • 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
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2021 Available New Year 2021 / 2022 Available February Half Term 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022 Available August Bank Holiday 2022


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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News & Offers from Shining Cliff Hostel

Easter 2022 availability!

October 16th 2021

Book now for Easter at Shining Cliff hostel, a unique off-road, woodland hostel in Derbyshire as dates are going fast!

There are some dates still available for sole use over the Easter holidays, but book now to secure your visit to this hostel situated in the midst of a stunning ancient woodland, Shining Cliff woods.


The best fire pit location in the country!

October 10th 2021

Shining Cliff hostel has a stunning woodland fire pit that nestles up against the base of Shining Cliff crags – an awesome location!

Shining Cliff hostel has been going since the 1940s, and many thousands of people must have experienced this unique, woodland, off-road hostel over the years. The fire pit is stunning, with gritstone crags forming the backdrop of the site.
A superb place to gather with friends, family, school, community groups, colleagues, support groups, retreats….the list is endless!

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We are a hammocking hotspot!

September 19th 2021

Tucked away in the middle of ancient woodland, more than half a mile from the nearest road, Shining Cliff Hostel is perfect for spending a night under the stars in a hammock. There is nothing more magical that lying under a leafy canopy, backlit by moonlight and the twinkling of thousands of stars. Add to this the surround sound of the nocturnal woodland creatures and you will have an experience you will never forget.

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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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