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Shining Cliff Hostel - Alderwasley

    Shining Cliff hostel is set within Shining Cliff woods, a historic woodland and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) alongside the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, Derbyshire.

    The hostel accommodates 20 people in 5 bedrooms, with a self-catering kitchen, dining area and lounge area. There are 3 bathrooms; each with a sink, shower and modern composting toilet.

    Access to the hostel is half a mile along a woodland footpath from the car parking area. It can also be accessed by foot from the nearby train station and bus stops at Ambergate.

    It is a superb location and hostel for those looking for group get-togethers in a tranquil, beautiful woodland setting.


    Shining Cliff hostel

    Shining Cliff hostel is located in Shining Cliff woods, a stunning, peaceful woodland setting. The hostel itself nestles into the base of Shining Cliff, giving both the hostel and woodland their name.

    The hostel is accessed only by foot, the nearest car park is 1/2 mile away; creating a unique, get-away-from-it-all experience.

    Shining Cliff hostel accommodates 20 people,

    • 5 bedrooms, all with bunk beds. Bedroom 1 sleeps 4, Bedroom 2 sleeps 6, Bedroom 3 sleeps 6, Bedroom 4 sleeps 2, Bedroom 5 sleeps 2.
    • Open plan self catering kitchen with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, range-style electric double oven and 6 ring gas hob, hot water boiler.
    • Dining area with seating for up to 20.
    • Lounge area
    • 3 bathrooms; each with a sink, shower and modern composting toilet. Solar panels top up the hot water supply.
    • Guests need to bring a sleeping bag, pillowcase and towel.

    Outside the hostel is a picnic bench area with beautiful views over the woodland and a fire pit is located within the hostel grounds.

    It is an ideal location for family or group get-togethers, school groups and youth groups; with the woodland, crags and streams to explore.

    The hostel is also ideal for groups seeking to reconnect with the natural environment and have time away from the stresses of modern life; an ideal location for retreats.

    Long distance footpaths such as the Derwent Valley Heritage Way and the Midshires Way are easily accessed from the hostel.

    Shining Cliff Woods.

    The ancient oak woodland is set on the east facing valley side above the River Derwent. It was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1987. It is owned by several groups, including the Grith Pioneers, The Woodland Trust and the Forestry Commission.

    The Oak woodland also contains Birch, Rowan, Hazel and Holly as native species. Sweet Chestnut, Larch and Scots Pine have been planted. Evidence of coppicing the Hazel and Sweet Chestnut can be seen on the walk to the hostel.

    The acid Millstone-Grit soils result in a variety of plants growing on the woodland floor, including Bilberry, Wavy hair grass, Bluebells, Wood Millet, Bracken and Honeysuckle.

    In areas where streams flow or springs emerge there are species of Spagnum moss, ferns and sedges.

    In the tree canopy a wide variety of birds can be spotted including Pied flycatchers, Wood warblers and flocks of Brambling in the winter.

    In the ground layer many invertebrate species are found, including wood ants. The dead wood you will see in the woodland part of the management plan to provide a vital habitat for many species of invertebrate, mammals, bird, lichen and fungi.

    The woodland is a wonderful, tranquil place to explore from Shining Cliff hostel.

    History of the hostel...

    Shining Cliff hostel was run by the YHA, it was then taken over by Lindley Educational Trust who refurbished the hostel in 2009 and used the centre for environmental activities.

    The lease is to be taken over by Shining Cliff Centre Limited in March 2019; with the aim of keeping this iconic hostel open for people to experience this magical place. Many people love this hostel and return to it frequently; come and see for yourselves!

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