Proctor High Mark is a limestone hill that stands to the north of Mastiles Lane, the old monk’s road from Kilnsey to Malham Tarn.
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Proctor High Mark is the lower of two summits that top the 500m contour on the extensive limestone uplands between Malham Tarn and Littondale. The higher of the two summits, Parson’s Pulpit, is situated just under 1.5 miles from Proctor High Mark. The broad saddle between the two is the top of the Hawkswick to Malham Tarn bridleway.
The bridleway is three quarters of a mile from the top of Proctor High Mark and is the nearest public right of way to the summit. The next nearest right of way is Mastiles Lane which can be found a mile south of Proctor High Mark.
The lack of paths to the summit mean that it is not the easiest place to get to. No doubt this is a contributing factor to Proctor High Mark being one of the lesser known fells in the Dales. I’ve not yet tried approaching from Mastiles Lane. If coming from the bridleway to the north it is worth noting that there is one wall to climb below High Mark.
The summit area is actually quite interesting. The highest point is marked by a modest cairn which commands a fine which includes all the fells above Malhamdale, the mid-Wharfedale hills and Pendle Hill in Lancashire.
A much more impressive cairn can be found on a spoil heap to the south of the summit. On my first visit, in 2007, my friend and I christened this cairn, the ‘Wizbit Cairn’. Its distinctive pointy appearance having reminded us of the 1980’s children’s show character.
Criss-crossing the summit area are the remains of shallow mines. These are marked on the map as lines of disused shafts. To the north of the summit is another spoil heap, no doubt related to the mines.
Also to the north of the summit can be found a small tarn. The tarn is not marked on the Ordnance Survey map, perhaps it is too small or is not a permanent feature.