Group accommodation with self catering in the Derbyshire Dales


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

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!). Shining Cliff hostel offers a full range of activities; on-site enjoy bushcraft, abseiling, ecology and environmental art, or travel a little further afield for climbing, caving or canoeing. Activities must be booked in advance. 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.

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Shining Cliff Hostel | Group accommodation with self catering in the Derbyshire Dales

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Rooms & Beds:

20: 1 x 4, 2 x 6, 2 x 2


All year.

Price per night:

Please enquire. Sole use only.


Phone or email


Ex Youth Hostel


See website for directions. Sat Navs NOT recommended.

Public Transport:

Ambergate rail station (1 mile). Transpeak bus on A6 (1 mile)

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is available only to groups and is on the present or past youth hostel page.

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Shining Cliff Hostel

Shining Cliff Hostel

…a particularly magical place…

I have known the woods around Shining Cliff hostel (Ambergate in Derbyshire) in many seasons. From the overpowering rush of bluebells and spring flowers to the melancholic crisp chill of autumn, Shining Cliff woods cast a spell over you. 

They rise up from the River Derwent, hogging the hillside and, from below, hiding the wood’s varied riches with a covering of leaves. There are broad, well tramped pathways winding throughout. I have a picture in front of me of myself and my two children walking three abreast on these paths, all scarves and smiling cheeks. You might climb up to the cliffs themselves – some of which overhang the hostel with gnarled trees thrusting their roots into fissures –  where there are caves and craggy rocks to climb. Your path might take you past the ponds, pretty big ponds, almost a small lake. On a summer day, I have known adults and children alike plunge into the water for its coolness. You might happen upon the famous Betty Kenney tree, an ancient yew which once marked the home of the Kenneys – a family of charcoal burners who lived here in huts and tents while working the woods. They had 8 children, one of whom is buried in the tree’s roots and, legend has it, spawned the ‘Rock a bye baby’ rhyme. This tradition is maintained today by the Grith Fyrd Pioneers who maintain a working presence in the wood, a friendly wood-smoke smelling community of conservation workers.

I have many friends who view Shining Cliff Wood as a particularly magical place, its rich tapestry of varied habitat in 100-acres of mature woodland allowing you to lose yourself. You can book out the whole of the Shining Cliff Hostel, with its 20 beds and communal dining kitchen. Come on a warm day and sit out on the deck overlooking the gorgeous woodland or come on a winter day and light a fire under the cliffs. 



Feeling adventurous ?

Feeling adventurous ?

Shining Cliff Hostel is buried deep in the woods of Derbyshire, accessible only by foot path and only 2.5 hours by train from London.

Shining Cliff Hostel is buried deep in the woods of Derbyshire, accessible only by foot path and yet is less then two and a half hours from central London.  Hop on a train in St Pancras, change at Derby onto the Matlock line and the hostel is a 20 minutes walk into Shining Cliff Woods from the train station at Ambergate.  You will need  a sense of adventure and a good map reader to find your way.  The hostel is only available for hire by groups, so make it a group adventure and bring sleeping bags and all your food with you.  The hostel is fully heated, with running water (hot and cold).  It has a self catering kitchen, dining area and compost toilets.

Nature on the doorstep

Nature on the doorstep

Our hostel is the definition of peace and tranquility. If you love nature then this is the place for you!

Our hostel is the definition of peace and tranquility. If you love nature then this is the place for you!

We are surrounded by our own crags, streams and lakes and over 100 acres of astonishing woodland. You can go climbing, caving or canoeing or try on of our onsite actives like abseiling or even just taking a relaxing walk through the woods.

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