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

Call Kate Tuck on 07794 268059

Group accommodation in a peaceful, woodland setting

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, all bedding is provided. Three bathrooms each have a shower cubicle and composting toilet.

There is a stunning hostel fire pit area that nestles against Shining Cliff crags where you can spend evenings around the campfire.

It is a ten minute walk, down a woodland footpath, from the hostel 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.

Sole use bookings only at weekend. Room bookings are welcome mid-week.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Peak District and here is its own website.


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  • Beds & Rooms:

    20: 1x4, 2x6, 2x2
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    Sole use: £320 Fri/Sat (min 2 nights). £185-£250 Sun-Thur. Room bookings: 2 beds £40, 4 beds £80, 6 beds £100 (Sun-Thurs only). Reduced weekend rate in January & February of £300 per night.
  • 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 The Pennine Bridleway White Peak Loop
This accommodation is featured on the following pages
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
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

Winter discounts at a magical woodland hostel

November 27th 2023

Brighten up those drab Winter weekends in January & February, gather your friends/family and book Shining Cliff Hostel. On the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire and surrounded by 600 acres of ancient woodland, lakes and crags it’s a real escape. Something everyone will remember. It’s accessible only on foot down a woodland track, (it’s a 10 minute walk, wheelbarrows are supplied for your luggage!) And the great news is that weekends in Jan and Feb will cost just £300 per night for a max of 20 people. That’s just £15 per person per night. Oh and dogs are welcome too (please mention your dogs when booking).

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Christmas in the Woods!

September 4th 2023

Santa still manages to find his way to this unique, off-road woodland hostel! Come and stay at Shining Cliff hostel this Christmas, with over 600 acres of ancient woodland to explore, this is a magical place for families to get-together and enjoy the festive season. With stunning fire pit areas nestling against Shining Cliff crags, you could even have a go at Christmas dinner over the campfire!

Shining Cliff hostel accommodates up to 20 people in 5 bedrooms, all with bunkbeds. The hostel is fully heated and has 3 bathrooms, a very well equipped self-catering kitchen, and an open-plan lounge and dining room.
It’s a magical woodland getaway; the adventure starts when you arrive at the car park and fill the hostel wheelbarrows with your belongings, to follow the footpath through stunning ancient woodlands for half a mile until you reach this fantastic get-away-from-it-all hostel.

people sat around a campfire in the woods at shining cliff hostel
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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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