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5 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
20 guests
1 night minimum
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Shining Cliff hostel is an independent hostel located in a beautiful Derbyshire woodland. The woodland covers 100 acres and is a conservation area. The hostel is remote, the car park is half a mile from the hostel, which is accessed from the car park by a woodland public footpath. Due to its off-road setting, the hostel has a secluded, peaceful feel. However it is not too isolated due to the public footpaths criss-crossing the woodland and the area is popular with walkers and sometimes climbers using the crags. The hostel has 20 beds, with 5 bedrooms. There are 3 bathrooms, each with a sink, toilet and shower. There is an open plan self-catering kitchen, dining area and lounge area. The hostel grounds have 2 fire pit areas and an area with picnic tables. Weekends are sole booking a...Shining Cliff hostel is an independent hostel located in a beautiful Derbyshire woodland. The woodland covers 100 acres and is a conservation area. The hostel is remote, the car park is half a mile from the hostel, which is accessed from the car park by a woodland public footpath. Due to its off-road setting, the hostel has a secluded, peaceful feel. However it is not too isolated due to the public footpaths criss-crossing the woodland and the area is popular with walkers and sometimes climbers using the crags. The hostel has 20 beds, with 5 bedrooms. There are 3 bathrooms, each with a sink, toilet and shower. There is an open plan self-catering kitchen, dining area and lounge area. The hostel grounds have 2 fire pit areas and an area with picnic tables. Weekends are sole booking at £280 per night. Weekdays are available for day hire or you can book a bed for £15 per person. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Guests are required to take all their rubbish out with them, as the hostel is off-road and has no waste collection service.
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3 Showers
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About the Owner
Kate T
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:94%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2019
Interaction with guests
When a booking is made, you will be contacted via email to confirm your booking. A booking invoice and all the information needed for your stay is emailed in plenty of time to plan your stay at Shining Cliff hostel. I am available for any questions either via email or phone, before and during your stay.
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gibboniusmonk
gibboniusmonk
Nottingham, United Kingdom24 contributions
I booked the hostel for a group of runners on a training camp and it was perfect for our needs. The location may not be for everyone and would be awkward if you hadn't prepared for it but we knew what to expect and so planned for it. The hostel is located in the woods, maybe less than a mile to the A6 main road but access is through the woods via footpaths or via car down a dirt track to the car park and then another short walk to the hostel. Wheelbarrows are helpfully provided for you to carry luggage/food etc. With the hostel i think you get what you pay for, it's not the Ritz but it's not meant to be, it's cheap, clean, warm and well eqipped, the kitchen has all the stuff you need and there are 3 bathrooms all with showers. The owner Kate has only been running the hostel for a while and improvements are being made all the time. Every single one of our guests loved the cosy quiet hideaway nature of the hostel and as a base to explore the local area whether running or walking it was perfect. Footpaths including the Midshires way and Derwent Valley way criss cross the area and it's a great base for activities like that. We loved the hostel so much we already have booked our 2nd training camp for October at Shining Cliff.
Visited January 2020
Written 9 February 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dream03464488569
Dream03464488569
It is great to hear that the hostel provided such a good, secluded venue for your running training camp. There are certainly a wide variety of off-road running routes from the hostel from which you can enjoy the countryside of Derbyshire and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Thank you for the recommendations about the nearby long-distance walking routes - several people used the hostel as a stopover destination for these walking routes in 2019. I very much hope that the hostel can provide a place for people to connect and be active again when we get through this pandemic.
Written 27 November 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

gdwandering
gdwandering
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Stayed at this hostel for a few nights in January. Found the location out of the way of everything which on first thoughts seems appealing but then realising there are no shops nearby for half a mile and that half a mile is taken up by a pretty arduous journey through the woods or alternatively up and down a 400-500m broken path, makes it difficult to plan ahead. Either way you go, by car or foot, you are climbing a good 400-500m. Several times I had to buy resources to get me through the days I stayed which involved several pretty taxing walks (even for me and I can finish a sprint triathlon in just over an hour flat!). There's nothing nearby other than a railway station, a pub and a petrol station with a Morrisons "express" in it. I saw that its better if you've got a car but again you cannot get all the way to the hostel via your own car because the hostel is built in a nature reserve which itself provides limited access. So you're caught in a double bind no matter what you do. So think ahead! Fortunately for me I'm young and relatively able and so could traipse out several times a day and make the 500m ascent/descent (altitude gathered according to my mobile GPS tracking app) but for anyone seeking refuge and a rightfully earned relaxation experience at this hostel after roaming around the peak district, think again, before you know it you're thinking about the trek down or back up and this is just leaving or entering the hostel itself! The hostel itself is well looked after although a bit dated. Its clean and tidy and Kate (the landlord) puts a lot of thought and personal touches into the experience for her guests, including an orange which she leaves out for her guests! The heating is my main bugbear with this place. It's all run off those costly storage heaters and to make things even worse the bedroom heaters are entirely electric! And so cost a bomb to keep running! Several rooms occupied overnight in cold conditions and you're easily wracking up a hefty cost for keeping you and your friends/family warm. The visitors book mentions the price to run the heaters and so recommends 5 minute "boosts" but this itself is completely unrealistic as the time spent the heat the room in 5 minutes will not equate to energy well spent in the long run as the rooms and the entirely hostel are badly insulated. I felt quite a bit of guilt having my bedroom heater on for a few hours thinking about the landlord, so this was another factor in my review. If the heating was powered by a boiler it would be far more efficient and be more effective. Next the showers. Cheap and falling to bits. I used the shower next to room 5 and the basin was sloped down as if I was showering on the cliff side itself. The cubicles are tiny and I'm not a giant of a man myself. The heating in the bathrooms are also powered by extremely expensive portable heaters screwed to the walls. The toilets are composting toilets and although novel and a great idea, they fail to clean the remnants of any solids you pass on every other visit to the bathroom, which means stabbing and scraping at the bowl with the toilet brush. The hostel itself is absolutely freezing! Heating the place for one night seems pointless but having multiple nights here means turning on most heaters and racking up a bill for the landlord. The lack of insulting and build quality of the hostel also means you'll get condensation in your bedroom. The bottom of my backpack, sleeping bag and clothes were sodden after one night which is not something you expect from staying in a hostel what with the mod cons and competitive features of most hostels these days, decent heating and prevention of damp and condensation being basic. If I was staying in a barn converted bunkhouse I may be happy with that but I paid to stay in a built up property which advertised all the mod cons of what you can expect from such. The knobs on the cooker have fallen off and it was a faff to setup and get working to cook a pizza. Not something you expect from what first seems to be a well kept hosrel. I was pretty disappointed at how out dated and worn down this place was after several nights and was quite happy to move on. I stayed in my tent for 2 nights prior to staying here and had less condensation on my tent and sleeping bag than did the room I stayed in. The temperature in the morning in my inner tent was arguably warmer too and I was only a few miles from the hostel but completely out in the open higher in altitude than the hostel itself. Overall, this is as nuts and bolts as you can get. You get what you pay for, which includes the many quirks of this place, for better or for worse. For one night it's not bad but for consecutive nights including the need to buy food, venture out and do your thing - it's the most inconveniently placed hostel I've visited. Far anyone who doesn't fancy a pretty steep climb or a long winding walk in the dark (while it kicks in earlier in the winter that is) I wouldn't recommend this hostel. Plan ahead if you do come here and make sure you bring a decent torch/lantern with you as the path is far from new and even. I got caught out a few times from rocks and giant slabs of stone sticking out of the ground all over the place. You can take the old YHA path to the hostel (the hostel was originally run by the YHA and the original signs are still up nearby guiding you to it) but this has a pretty awkward path with lots of muddy jumps, obstacles, passovers and dirt to get through. It's by no means arms distance to any main road but I took this place over the one recommended by Kate which was quite honestly a ball ache and made half a mile seem like a 5k with a 20kg+ backpack seemingly going around in circles. Needs improvement. Good for a nights stay but if you're looking for more bang for your buck I'd look elsewhere. Better still all the kit you've spent months saving for won't get drenched by the morning if you leave it anywhere where the damp and condensation will get to it. PROS: - Beautiful location - Secluded (if you like that, and are equally prepared for it, especially in winter with less desirable conditions and less daylight) - Friendly and accommodating landlord - Easy check-in process - Showers (they work at least!) - A bed (beats the blow up sleeping mat!) CONS: - Secluded (makes planning your next adventure start by planning how to leave the actual park you're staying in!) - Out dated and worn facilities - Electric heating (included with that added guilt knowing how expensive they are to run, with no alternative solutions, potentially making group stays here double figure or more in energy bills, and for an eco friendly hostel as advertised seems a bit pointless to me? ) - Absolutely freezing inside the hostel - No bedding provided (only sheets and pillow cases) - No additional cleaning utilities (even though the trip to the hostel itself requires getting muddy. No washing machine, dryer, no boot brushes or basic cleaning facilties of any kind) - Very limited nearby amenities (Belper being the nearest town with more to offer, Derby being the closest city making extra effort to get things you might need done) - Cost I personally don't believe £15 I paid per night is worth the price I paid. Hostels like YHA are sometimes cheaper and have far more to offer, basic heating and building quality assurance being one of those things. For an independent hostel (I'm sure it is) I couldn't help but to feel slightly out of pocket after my experience here knowing for little more I can get far more for my money. Also knowing I was warmer and arguably more comfortable in a tent than in a building that cost endless amounts more than my 200 quid tent says a lot.
Visited January 2020
Written 9 January 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dream03464488569
Dream03464488569
Shining Cliff hostel is quite unique and the hostel website provides clear information on what guests need to bring and about the limited access to the hostel. This guest stayed at Shining Cliff in January 2019, during a period of redecoration and I accepted the last-minute booking as the guest sounded like he had nowhere to stay that evening. He stayed a few nights, and on some nights the hostel was not available (it had a group booking) he used the local campsite, then returning for another few nights when the hostel was available again. Because the visit was last-minute (on the day) and arranged via a phone call this guest did not receive the information all other guests have (although the 'what to bring' section of the website does state what is available at the hostel). Full payment for the stay was never received. The hostel is heated with storage heaters, as other forms of heating are not practical for the building. The storage heaters were all replaced in February and March and the hostel is kept at 21 degrees, with the option for guests to increase or decrease this ambient temperature. The bedroom heaters are now all on individual thermostat settings so guests can heat the room as they desire. Shining Cliff hostel is a building constructed of brick and stone in the 1970s, it is situated in a woodland, so in the winter months, as with any older, rural property, condensation will be an issue. There are several mitigation measures in place to reduce the problem including a Nuaire positive ventilation system. This condensation issue is not mentioned in this review, but was part of the feedback the guest emailed me personally. The toilets were inherited when I took on the lease in March 2019. They have now all been replaced with waterless composting toilets, which work really well if the 'how to use' instructions are followed (they work differently from a regular, household toilet - such as they need you to sit down every time you use it, so some people find this tricky....). The shower cubicles are basic but do the job, and they are clean, have a place to put your soap, and have a push button operation, there is enough space to wash yourself. I have no plans to replace them until required as they work well at the moment. There is a boot brush and hose outside the hostel. There are two boxes in the kitchen under the sink, one has cleaning materials and products for the bathrooms, the second has cleaning materials and products for the general areas. The porch contains an indoor and outdoor brush, 3 sets of dustpans, a hoover and an airer for clothes. There is no space in the hostel for a washing machine at the moment. Belper, the local town, has the acclaim to be the best British high street in 2020, so although the hostel is off-road in a woodland, Belper has a lot to offer guests and is well worth a visit, as is the other lovely, local town, Matlock. From this review I have made the decision to only accept advance bookings, so the necessary information is received by guests in a timely manner and I can be assured that they are fully aware of the limitations of this wonderful, unique, off-road woodland hostel.
Written 27 November 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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About the neighbourhood
Shining Cliff hostel is located within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. It has lots of opportunities for exploring the heritage of the area, with Cromford Mills, Cromford Canal, High Peak Junction all accessed by train, bus, foot or car. The hostel is criss-crossed with footpaths in Shining Cliff woodland, and I can provide a wide variety of circular walking routes that will showcase the World Heritage Site, Derwent Valley and the Derbyshire countryside. The long distance walking routes, the Midshires Way and the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, are both easily accessed from the hostel. The hostel website gives suggestions of what to visit or do within the local area, including Shining Cliff Gin distillery tours.
Getting around
The local train station is 2.15 km away by foot, at Ambergate. This is a local train line between Derby and Matlock, and is great for exploring the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site. Ambergate is serviced by Transpeak and Trent Barton Sixes bus routes. The hostel is approximately 2 km by foot (mostly along woodland footpath, uphill) from the bus stop in Ambergate. Situated in the East Midlands, the hostel is a great central UK location and has good road transport links to get to Ambergate, and then small country roads, some off road track and then footpath to get to the hostel from Ambergate.
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  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
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