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

Call them 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:

    Please enquire. Sole use 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 only to groups, has availability this New Year 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
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Shining Cliff Hostel

Shining Cliff Hostel, the hostel in the woods, is available over the early May bank holiday, due to a late cancellation

April 18th 2019

This iconic ex-youth hostel, a walk into Shining Cliff Woods and close to the Peak District, is ideal for groups wishing to enjoy time away in a peaceful woodland setting.

Shining Cliff Hostel is up and running once more.  Open for group bookings all year with the possibility of  individual bookings for some dates in  summer holidays.  Watch this space to find out more.

shining cliff youth hostel now independent hostel
Late Availability

The iconic Shining Cliff Hostel in Derbyshire is re-opening

January 18th 2019

The old 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, before they gave up the lease in 2011.  In 2012 the Lindley Educational Trust re-opened the hostel as an Independent Hostel and ran it for 6 years, for the use of groups.

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.

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