Crackpot Falls

Crackpot Falls

Crackpot Falls are a series of waterfalls on Haverdale Beck below the small hamlet of Crackpot in Swaledale.

The waterfalls are fairly easy to visit as they are situated just below the road to Summer Lodge and are also not far away from some handy car parking spaces on the south side of Isles Bridge. The upper two falls including the impressive main waterfall can both be seen from a public footpath which crosses Haverdale Beck just above the falls.

The small upper waterfall below the footbridge
The small upper waterfall below the footbridge

To see the lower falls it is necessary to cross a small section of wooden fence at a fence T-junction on the east bank of the stream. From there a thin path drops down to the beck passing along the way a mysterious looking tunnel on the left.

The lower falls
The lower falls

To be honest I’d not heard of these waterfalls until I happened across them on my way back down from a walk on Whitaside Moor. They capped off what had been a superb day and are definitely on my list of waterfalls to revisit again in the autumn.

The main drop on Crackpot Falls as seen from below
The main drop on Crackpot Falls as seen from below

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