Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

Shining Cliff Wood offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 

How to find us

How to find us

Shining Cliff Wood lies on the western bank of the River Derwent adjacent to the A6 between Ambergate and Whatstandwell. Access to the wood is by public footpaths Alderwasley and Ambergate.

Shining Cliff Woods, Belper
Sat Nav Postcode: DE56 2SR
OS Grid Ref

53.072872680017, -1.501102134805

Parking and prices

Access to the wood is by public footpaths from Alderwasley, Ambergate or through Peak Pits wood. There are no dedicated parking facilities. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Try our easy access trails page to find accessible parking near you.

Contact details

Discover the rich history of Shining Cliff Wood, see stunning bluebell displays and look out for a diverse array of birds

Located near Cromford, Shining Cliff is ancient woodland which was part of the royal hunting forest of Duffield Frith and is now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The wood supports a diverse bird community including warblers, flycatchers and bramblings. In the spring, coppiced sycamore trees provide a canopy for a carpet of bluebells, something that can't be missed.

There is a circular waymarked trail for visitors which pass by the remains of the Betty Kenny Tree which is said to be 2000 years old! 

Please be aware that mountain biking and trail building is not allowed in the wood. It’s status as a SSSI makes this a criminal offence. 

At a glance 

  • 1 walking trail 
  • Bluebell displays 
  • Betty Kenny Tree 
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