Crackpot Cave (Swaledale & Arkengarthdale)



Access for cavers is freely granted courtesy of Gunnerside Estate. Vehicles may be parked at the end of the public road, either side of the gate, without blocking access.

In March 2019 a major conservation project was undertaken by the CNCC to clear up a lot of mud that had been thrown or trampled over the calcite formations over many years, particularly in the main stream passage and the final chamber (The Turnip Field).

Those leading trips, particularly novice groups, are strongly encouraged to educate their group on cave conservation. A short CNCC video of the conservation works can be found by searching for Crackpot Cave on YouTube, which may be useful for educational purposes.

Please help us to keep Crackpot Cave a spectacular location by not touching the formations and for larger groups, please only go up into the final chamber (The Turnip Field) in small groups (2-3 at a time) to avoid congestion which will result in damage.

Thank you!

This cave is NOT on access land. Click here for more information.


NGR: SD 9636 9534

Lat/long: 54.3535813311096,-2.05750918905191

Locate on Cave Map

Please note that grid references are correct to the best of our knowledge however are often taken from old books so they may not be absolutely accurate and are shown simply as a guide.

What 3 words: chip.grace.insisting

Entrance Photos

Crackpot CaveCrackpot Cave


Crackpot Cave is not equipped with any BCA approved anchors. Any placed anchors should be treated with extreme caution.

Rigging Topos and Descriptions


Crackpot CaveUnknownUnknownPreviewDownload PDF
Crackpot Cave
Download PDF

The CNCC is not responsible for the reliability or content of external links. Surveys are not sold directly by the CNCC and purchase questions should be directed to the publisher.

Last updated: 18 Nov 2021

Please only send photos of the cave / pot enterance or relevent surrounding area. Max file size 20MB.

Your name (if you wish to be credited)

Date photo taken (roughly)

Your email (in case of any questions)

Your browser doesn't have Flash, Silverlight or HTML5 support so you can not attach files.

No files selected