Castleton is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Derbyshire Peak District. The village, and the castle that dominates the cliff face above it, date from the 11th century. Castleton lies on the boundary between the Dark Peak and White Peak areas of the Peak District.
Castleton is surrounded on three sides by steep hills, the most prominent of which is to the north, known as the Great Ridge. This includes Mam Tor (the Shivering Mountain), which has the remains of what is believed to be one of the oldest hill forts and two Bronze Age burial mounds in Britain at its summit.