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

Call Kate Tuck on 07794 268059

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  • Lounge
  • Kitchen diner
  • Sturdy wooden bunks
  • The activity room with an open door looking out to the woodland
  • woodland classroom
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  • A group of adults around the camp fire in the woods outside the hostel
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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.

Shining Cliff Hostel is an accredited Learning Outside the Classroom quality badge holder, demonstrating that we have robust policies, procedures and risk assessments in place and provide quality outdoor learning experiences.
With its own crags, streams, lakes & 600-acres of mature woodland, Shining Cliff Hostel has nature on its doorstep.
Access is half a mile from the nearest parking area along a woodland footpath. Paths lead through the woods to the A6 at Ambergate (20 mins’ walk) which has a food shop, pub, buses and trains to Derby. The hostel is ideal for a wide range of groups wishing to enjoy time away 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.

Shining Cliff Hostel is an accredited Learning Outside the Classroom quality badge holder, demonstrating that we have robust policies, procedures and risk assessments in place and provide quality outdoor learning experiences.

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

Availability

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Details

  • 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
Eco Hostels Dog Friendly Individuals welcome Youth Hostels Hostels with firepits and campfires School Groups Retreats Hammocking IHUK Community Discount for Sustainable Travel

This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2023 Available February Half Term 2025 Available Easter 2025 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2025 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2025

Facilities

aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
jShowers
[WiFi
vWithin 5 miles of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement

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News & Offers from Shining Cliff Hostel

Summer Adventures at Shining Cliff!

June 24th 2024

Join us at Shining Cliff hostel, a unique off-road hostel in the heart of an ancient Derbyshire woodland, for summer holiday adventures with family and friends. You can hire the entire hostel or book your own individual room with shared facilities from Sunday- Thursday in the August holidays (or any time of year!)

Shining Cliff hostel sleeps up to 20 people in 5 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms, an open plan lounge and dining area, and well-equipped self-catering kitchen.
The hostel can only be accessed on foot, making it a wonderful adventure for family and friends as you porter your belongings by wheelbarrow from the woodland car park, or walk in from the train/bus at Ambergate.
Spend your days exploring this magical woodland, with crags, streams and a lake, or go beyond the woods and explore the Derwent Valley World Heritage site, with wonderful local places such as Matlock Bath and Cromford Mills.
You can book your own room for just £20 per person/night, or you can book the entire hostel for your group use for £250 per night for up to 20 people; small group discounts are available (£185/night for 6 people or fewer, £225 per night for 7-12 people)

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Summer Holidays in the Woods!

June 17th 2024

Shining Cliff hostel is a unique, off-road woodland hostel in the stunning Derwent Valley World Heritage site. Your adventure starts when you step off the train or get out of your car and find your way along woodland footpaths to the hostel!
There are 5 bedrooms available for hire, for just £20 per person per night; with 3 shared bathrooms, an open plan lounge and dining area and well equipped self catering kitchen.

Shining Cliff hostel is located in the heart of Shining Cliff woods, a stunning ancient woodland in the River Derwent valley. You can get to the hostel by train or bus, and then follow the walking directions to find your way to the hostel, or park your car in the woodland car park and porter your belongings by wheelbarrow along the half mile woodland footpath to the hostel.
There are endless walking options to explore, a lake and streams, crags and a stunning fire pit area nestled up against the Shining Cliff crag to have campfires in the evenings.
This is a magical place to feel as though you are away from it all, even though you can easily access local places of interest, such as Matlock Bath and Cromford.
We have availability mid-week (Sunday – Thursday) for either sole use stays or individual room bookings. We offer discounts for smaller groups hiring the entire hostel (£185 for 6 people or fewer, £225 for 7-12 people) and discounts for longer stays and arriving by sustainable travel.

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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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