Climbs 115
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 400m a.s.l
Faces SW

Sunset at Windgather Rocks © Jake

Crag features

A beginner-friendly crag amply provided with square-cut jugs and picnic spots. Good quality, well travelled gritstone. Generally easy, slabby climbs popular with beginners and outdoor groups. Belays can be awkward to arrange.

Most routes are approx 9m high and in the lower grades. Obviously very popular on summer weekends. Most rewarding climbs are High Buttress Arete (D), Missippi Crack (S 4a), Green Crack (S 4a), North Buttress arete Direct (VS 4c) and Portfolio (HVS 5b).

Approach notes

From Kettleshulme Village (SJ 988797) on the Whaley Bridge - Macclesfield Rd (A5002) turn left near the Bull's Head (signposted Goyt Valley). The rocks are on the left after 1 mile.


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Well worth a visit its a great crag with lots of lower grade climbs you just need to be carfull setting up belays at the top as there are no stakes
Derek.cttn - 19/Apr/15
Soloed all the rockfax routes today except 'portfolio' which I roped up for! Great little crag
Deezel65 - 12/Jul/14
Great crag, with climbs for everyone, superb location. Shame about some peoples parking efforts. (Using both sides of the road so that larger traffic cannot pass )
Dan_M_MCR - 07/Oct/13
Ticked the crag in a morning ..very enjoyable !
mux - 22/Jun/13
Christmas Buttress topo at
rockman - 16/Jun/12
Here is an editable topo of the "Two Nose Buttress" at the far left of the crag - just before the path up to the top.
rockman - 15/Jun/12
There are some hi-res images of this crag I took ages ago for the fun of it. Hope they are of interest to anyone thinking of going.
eonuk - 31/May/12
I went to Windgather for the first time this morning and discovered that the overhang in the gully of Overhanging Arete has collapsed. Some of it is at the bottom of the crag and some of it is still in the gully. The stability of this is unknown, please be careful.
Mark Collins - 30/Oct/11
Perfect for an evening chill out. Or the 'gather 30, 30 routes < 90minutes. That's actually a good workout and all below VS.
ColinD - 27/Sep/11
Tick the whole crag in a day. Superb training for long alpine routes.
A Crook - 31/Aug/11
excellent little crag, loads of routes and great if you want to just practise leading and setting up belays anchors (which is a little awkward on some places), overall easy access and some great climbing.
mlmatt - 04/Apr/07
if you plan to just boulder, go far left on the crag, plenty of tricky problems and its unpolished rock, fairly quiet aswell.
Mr Wild - 12/Dec/05
14 routes in one hour, including south butress arete direct!
Andrew Emery - 08/Oct/04
A great little crag, unusually (for grit) it abounds with juggy holds, with very little jamming, so it's ideal for visiting with those climbers who are always moaning about jamming cracks (you know who you are ;)
Nick Smith - 12/Jul/04
Easy crag for starters. If you plan on top-roping take some gear with you as there is only one stake and very few natural anchors. Good fun and confidence builder.
tsunamisurfer - 10/Aug/03
Buttress 1 is left of South Buttress, not Christmas Buttress as implied.
Paul J - 01/Apr/03
Obviously, as the name suggests, the wind gets very fierce here sometimes. The climbs are very satisfying though, as are the views. A fun climb to try is to traverse the entire length of the wingather rocks, this takes a while and has a few slighlty tricky sections, and numerous routes!
Will Cannon - 11/Dec/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
2PointVB 11
3EZE WallVB 16
4EZE CrackVB 15
5GunnVS 5a *14
6AsideD 2 20
7BulgeVS 5a *12
8Slant CrackD 16
9Peter GunnHS 4b 9
10Cave LeftV0- 16
11Pure CracklingV1 *16
12MidwayV1 *12
14Papgather arÍteV0- 13
15Left Quarry CrackVB 5
16North Bay CrackV2 *5
17North Quarry Right CrackV0- 7
19Nigel PleaseVB 16
20Arete and crackV0- 16
21Pwon Fri RiV2 18
22Wrinkled left crackV0 17
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 18
24SlabbaV0+ 16
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 16
27HexenV5 6
28GrooveV4 10
29Rib DirectV3 3
30PocketV3 5
31EdgeV3 6
32Windgather BopV4 8
33Smooth WallV4 4
34Bay WallS 4a *76
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *17
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 35
37Red Nose RouteD 46
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 62
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *36
40PlayVB 15
41Two FingersV0- 10
42Wackgather BulgeV2 *17
 North Buttress 
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 21
45The RibVS 5a 431
46The Rib Right-handHVD 4a 615
47The StaircaseM *1067
48Green SlabS 4b *637
49Black SlabHVD *617
50Green CrackS 4a **1141
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **709
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 689
53Chimney and CrackVD 615
54Heather ButtressD 564
 Middle Buttress 
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 342
57Small WallS 4b 799
58Small Wall AreteVB 14
59The Other CornerM 531
60PortfolioHVS 5b *838
61Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 73
62Wall ClimbHVD *1141
63The Slant StartHVD 466
64Central RouteS 4a *790
65Chockstone ChimneyD *1329
66Mississippi CrackS 4a **1638
67Mississippi Crack VariantVD **196
68The MedicineHS 4a *697
69Middle Buttress AreteVD *872
 High Buttress 
71Bulging AreteS 4a 536
72The CornerD 980
73ZigzagD *432
74Toe NailVD *962
75FootprintVD *641
76Nose DirectHVD **854
77DirectorVS 4c *652
78High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *245
79High Buttress AreteD **1881
80Heather FaceHVD *542
81Broken CracksHD 71
82Rib and SlabM 602
 Buttress Two 
84Buttress Two GullyM *765
85Not CricketHVD 46
86Leg StumpD *761
87Middle and LegD *914
88CentreHVD 3c *904
89Squashed FingerHVD *738
90StruggleVS 4c 537
91Corner CrackVD *1114
92Face upHS 4b 12
93Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 63
94Aged CrackS 4a *1041
95TraditionalHS 4a *884
96Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *103
97Broken GrooveD *900
98CheekVS 5a 283
 Buttress One 
100Face Route 2D 636
101Face Route 1HVD *617
102First's AreteVD *706
103Side FaceS 4a 603
 South Buttress 
105Overhanging AreteVD 364
106Leg UpVS 4b 301
107Route 2VS 4b 513
108Route 1.5HVS 4c *336
109Editor's NoteVS 5a *252
110South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 281
111Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *22
112Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 34
113Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 48
114Route 1HS 4a 388
115South CrackD *620
116W.H.FaceS 4a 7
117Left Triplet CrackM 525
118Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 448
119Right Triplet CrackS 4a 426
120Overlapping WallS 4a 371
121GrooveM 222
122Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 60
123Instep *S 4a 5
124Less Bulging Arete *VD 2
125Break with Tradition *VS 4b 1
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