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Crackpot Hall - Keld - Coast to Coast footpath

Crackpot Hall, Swaledale, Coast to Coast

Crackpot Hall is shrouded in mystery and stands on the Coast to Coast path, on the gentler slopes of Buzzard Scar near to Keld. There has been a building at this location since the 16th century, when a hunting lodge was kept for Thomas, the first Baron Wharton. It is known that he visited Swaledale now and again to hunt red deer.

The building presently occupying the site dates from the 18th century, and is the ruin of a two-storey farmhouse, with shippons and cowsheds at each end. it is thought that the building was also used as mining offices associated with the Beldi Hill Lead Mines. It is now a preserved building, owing to grants provided from the Gunnerside Estate, the Millennium Commission and the European Union.

The now resolved mystery engulfing this property relates to a reputed feral child named Alice who lived at the Hall in the 1930's. Following a BBC documentary, "Between the Ears", in 2015, it became apparent that Alice lived at the farm with her mother, father, two brothers and two sisters. Her parents owned the property, and it became obvious that Alice was not a feral child. Still, most people are interested in legends, myths and mysteries, and perhaps one day this may become the theme for a book or film.

Crackpot Hall (lower right)

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS
Between the Ears
Coast to Coast
Crackpot Hall
Feral Child - Alice



Crackpot Hall

Crackpot Hall Outbuilding

Crackpot Hall Barn Keld
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The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.

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