Crackpot, North Yorkshire
Looking down into Swaledale from above Crackpot
Crackpot shown within North Yorkshire
|OS grid reference|
|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
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 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.
- Olmert, Michael (1996). Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella: Curiouser & Curiouser Adventures in History, p.238. Simon & Schuster, New York. ISBN 0-684-80164-7.
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