At Shining Cliff Hostel we are delighted to provide high quality accommodation for groups of up to 20 people, in the most stunning, secluded woodland location.
Shining Cliff Hostel is nestled right into the base of Shining Cliff, a low gritstone rock face, which gives both the Hostel and the surrounding woods their name.
Shining Cliff Hostel is ideal for family or group get-togethers, school groups or youth groups, as well as those seeking to reconnect with nature in a peaceful environment far removed from the stresses of modern life.
Facilities at Shining Cliff Hostel
Shining Cliff Hostel provides accommodation for up to 20 people in five bedrooms, all with clean, comfortable bunk beds. Bedroom 1 sleeps four, Bedrooms 2 and 3 each sleep six, and Bedrooms 4 and 5 each sleep two. Guests will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillowcase and towel.
There is a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, complete
with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, range-style electric double oven and six-ring
gas hob, microwave and hot water boiler.
There is a dining area with seating for up to 20 people, and a large lounge
area. There are three bathrooms, each
with a sink, shower and modern composting toilet. Solar panels top up the hot water supply.
Outside the Hostel is a peaceful area set with picnic benches, affording stunning views over the surrounding landscape. There is also a fire pit within the grounds, and there are crags and streams to explore within the woodland.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Shining Cliff Hostel Location
Shining Cliff Woods include a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Hostel is surrounded by this historic medieval woodland and lies alongside the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site. The area is very peaceful and secluded; the Hostel can only be accessed by a woodland footpath half a mile from the car parking area. This means that we are able to provide guests with a truly get-away-from-it-all experience.
Long Distance footpaths such as the Derwent Valley Heritage Way and the Midshires Way are easily accessed from the Hostel.
The ancient woodland around Shining Cliff Hostel is situated
above the River Derwent. Although predominantly
made up of oak, the woodland also contains birch, rowan, hazel and holly trees,
as well as sweet chestnut, larch and Scots pine. The acid-rich soil means that a wide variety
of plants grow on the woodland floor, including bilberry, bluebells, wavy hair
grass, wood millet, bracken and honeysuckle.
There are also species of sphagnum moss, fern and sedge growing in areas
where streams flow and springs emerge, as well as lichen and fungi.
Shining Cliff Woods are home to many species of birds,
including pied flycatchers, wood warblers and flocks of brambling in the
winter. It is also a vital habitat for
many species of mammals and invertebrates.
The History of Shining Cliff Hostel
Shining Cliff Hostel was originally run by the Youth Hostel Association. It was taken over by the Lindley Educational Trust in 2009, who refurbished the centre and used it for environmental activities.
In 2019 it was taken over again, this time by the Shining Cliff Centre Ltd. Their aim is to keep this iconic and popular hostel open for all those who love it and return year after year to its magical location.
The Shining Cliff Centre Ltd is run by Kate Tuck. A registered nurse with a background in outdoor education, Kate is passionate about ensuring that people of all ages can experience and enjoy this wonderful Hostel in its stunning setting.