Walking routes

Shining Cliff hostel is located on a public footpath. There are many paths to explore in the woodland, but the hostel is also close to the long distance footpaths the Midshires Way and the Derwent Valley Heritage Way.

I am happy to provide suggested circular walking routes for varying abilities on request that I have tried out myself.


Woodland Sessions.

I am due to complete my Level 3 Forest School Leader training in Autumn 2021 and am now offering bespoke Wellbeing in the Woods sessions to groups staying at the hostel. Sessions can be for all ages and tailored to what your group would like to do, such as team building activities, simple tool work, plant identification, fire lighting, outdoor cooking, woodland play and exploration, conservation tasks, guided walks – there are so many things we can do!

Please see the Events page for more information.


Woodlanders Forest School is based in Shining Cliff woods.

Kerry is happy for you to contact her to discuss a bespoke session during your stay at the hostel – this will of course, depend upon her availability.

Woodlanders Forest School also runs regular sessions for families and children which you can book onto; these include Saturday and Holiday sessions.

Check out the Woodlanders Forest School at http://www.woodlandersforestschool.co.uk


White Peak Distillery – who produce Shining Cliff Gin – is located in Shining Cliff Woods next to the River Derwent. They are the first full-scale craft distillery in the region and create single malt whisky and other small batch spirits.

It is a 15 minute walk along glorious woodland footpaths to get from the hostel to the distillery.

They have beautifully refurbished a part of the old Derwent Wire Works site and offer distillery tours.

The distillery tours are £15 for adults £8 for children. Book in advance via the web-site. Private bookings for larger groups (minimum of 10 adults) can be arranged by contacting info@whitepeakdistillery.co.uk and are subject to availability.

See http://www.whitepeakdistillery.co.uk for more information about the Distillery or click on the tour information below.


Belper Bike Barn is located at the top of Jackass Lane, approximately 20 minutes walking (mostly along woodland paths) from the hostel.

Belper Bike Barn offers hire and sales of bikes as well as tagalongs and buggies. Their range includes mountain bikes and road bikes and Ebikes. They also have a fully equipped workshop and offer servicing and repairs, and sell clothing and accessories.

They are happy for people to get in touch for advice on where to cycle in the area (Shining Cliff woods only has one bridleway, the rest of the access is footpath so not for cyclists, however there are many cycling options beyond the woodland)

Contact Gez on 01773 432104 or have a look at their website www.belperbikebarn.co.uk


Lonescout Bushcraft is run by Ian Cresswell, a highly experienced forest schools practitioner who leads Team-Building and Corporate events in the woodland.

Ian is happy for you to get in touch about availability in arranging sessions with your group at Shining Cliff hostel.

See the website for more information on what Lonescout Bushcraft can offer your group http://www.lonescoutbushcraft.co.uk