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Retreats at Cliff College in the Peak District

The perfect location for your retreat in 2022.

A place to renew and refresh

Set in the beautiful landscape of the Peak District National Park, Cliff College is happy to welcome individuals and groups for spiritual retreat. The setting makes it an ideal place to spend time away from your normality, allowing you to rest, recharge, reflect and refocus.

During your stay, we can offer you en-suite bedrooms and on-site catering, as well as access to suggested places to journey and reflect – both on and off the site. The College is an excellent centre for those wanting to have space to think and read, walk and explore, and participate in prayer, worship, conversation and study. Although our site is set in the beautiful countryside of the Peak District, we can suggest areas to visit that have good access and our paths and accommodation are access friendly.

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Paul, Retreat Customer

A very nice modern en-suite room, with good views, in a good location to explore the Peak District. You can even walk up to Curbar Edge from there (or a short drive to the car park there). A good breakfast was provided with everything that we needed. Also a short walk to the village to have an enjoyable pub meal in the evening. Debra was very helpful.

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Guided Retreats

Led by College staff and community as well as our ministry partners and friends, these weekend and mid-week guided retreats offer opportunities for participants to engage on the journey with others. Participants explore prayer, worship and discipleship through conversation and times of quiet, a pilgrim walk and art & craft. Some of these guided retreats, sponsored by Girls' Brigade Ministries, are gender specific.

Group retreats

It is always good to come together; to share ideas, to explore innovation and to discern next steps. We can offer your church, organisation or group excellent facilities in a beautiful setting. We have a variety of meeting spaces available, which can be used for group activities and gatherings. Please contact our conference centre on conferences@cliffcollege.ac.uk to check availability. We look forward to welcoming your group.

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???, Retreat Customer

Staff were extremely helpful & friendly and the accommodation lovely – I would definitely come again.

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Double room at Cliff College

Key facilities for our retreat guests

  • Silent retreat badges available

  • Access to Chapel on request

  • Map of local area

  • Outdoor space

  • Retreat box
    Including maps of the site, local area with suggested walking routes, resources for personal prayer, a holding cross and battery candle and an overview of Cliff’s rhythm of prayer

  • Dining facilities

All our accommodation benefits from

  • TV

  • WiFi
    > 100mbs across our site

  • Tea and coffee facilities
    In all our rooms

  • Free parking on premises

  • Soap and towels

  • Desk

  • Alcohol-free site

  • En-suite bathroom
    In all our rooms

  • Disabled access

  • Manned reception
    During business hours

  • On call team available
    24 hours / 7 days

  • Hairdryers

  • Basic toiletries

  • Iron and ironing board

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Single room at Cliff College

Getting here

By Car

Cliff College is on the A623 between Calver and Baslow – junction 29 of the M1 if you’re coming from the south, or junction 34 if you’re coming from the north. Some satnav devices will direct you down Curbar Gap, which is a steep and narrow single-track road; we advise using the A623 route instead, especially in inclement weather.

By Train

The nearest train station to Cliff College is Grindleford, 3.8 miles from the College – it’s best to book a taxi from the station to the College in advance if you’re arriving this way. Alternatively, you could get the train to Chesterfield or Sheffield, and take a taxi or use local buses from there.