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For Crackpot Hall, see Keld, North Yorkshire.
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Looking down into Swaledale from above Crackpot
OS grid reference SD973966
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  • Richmondshire
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RICHMOND
Postcode district DL11
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54°21′54″N 2°02′33″W / 54.36503°N 2.04257°W / 54.36503; -2.04257Coordinates: 54°21′54″N 2°02′33″W / 54.36503°N 2.04257°W / 54.36503; -2.04257

Crackpot is a village in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, England.

Its name derives from the Old English kraka (a crow) and the Viking word pot (usually a cavity or deep hole often in the bed of a river, but in Crackpot's case it refers to a rift in the limestone).

Crackpot Cave

Column in Crackpot Cave
A caver standing beside the column in Crackpot Cave

Crackpot Cave is located south of Crackpot in Scurvey Scar. It contains a fine example of a column - where a stalactite has joined up with its stalagmite. To get to it you have to pass along the aptly named Knee-wrecker Passage.

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