Windgather Rocks

Climbs 111 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 400m a.s.l – Faces SW

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).

Access 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.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Western Grit (2009), Staffordshire Gritstone, The Roaches (2009), Staffordshire Grit - The Roaches (2004), Peak Climbs - Kinder and Bleaklow (1990),
Out of print: Western Grit (2003)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
2PointVB 6
3EZE WallVB 9
4EZE CrackVB 9
5GunnVS 5a *8
6AsideD 2 15
7BulgeVS 5a *9
8Slant CrackD 11
9Peter GunnHS 4b 6
10Cave LeftV0- 4c 13
11Pure CracklingV1 5b *10
12MidwayV1 5b *7
14Papgather arêteV0- 8
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c 3
16North Bay CrackV1 5b *1
17North Quarry Right CrackV0 5a 3
19Nigel PleaseVB 13
20Arete and crackV0- 11
21Pwon Fri RiV2 12
22Wrinkled left crackV0 12
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 12
24SlabbaV0+ 11
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 11
27HexenV5 4
28GrooveV4 7
29Rib DirectV3 2
30PocketV3 3
31EdgeV3 4
32Windgather BopV4 7
33Smooth WallV4 2
34Bay WallS 4a *68
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *14
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 33
37Red Nose RouteD 43
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 57
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *34
40PlayVB 8
41Two FingersV0- 7
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *12
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 17
45The RibVS 5b 363
46The Rib Right-handHS 4b 535
47The StaircaseM *915
48Green SlabS 4b *527
49Black SlabHVD *517
50Green CrackS 4a **960
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 4c **599
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 598
53Chimney and CrackVD 527
54Heather ButtressHD 471
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 284
57Small WallS 4b 670
58The Other CornerM 466
59PortfolioHVS 5b *687
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 62
61Wall ClimbHVD *959
62The Slant StartHVD 387
63Central RouteS 4a *644
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1106
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1353
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **167
67The MedicineHS 4a *593
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *732
70Bulging AreteS 4a 463
71The CornerD 815
72ZigzagD *361
73Toe NailD *792
74FootprintVD *528
75Nose DirectHVD **703
76DirectorVS 4c *556
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *191
78High Buttress AreteD **1571
79Heather FaceHD *446
80Broken CracksHD 61
81Rib and SlabM 506
83Buttress Two GullyM 648
84Not CricketHVD 26
85Leg StumpM *634
86Middle and LegD *779
87CentreHVD 3c *758
88Squashed FingerHVD *631
89StruggleVS 4c 472
90Corner CrackVD *942
91Face upHS 4b 5
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 50
93Aged CrackS 4a *868
94TraditionalHS 4a *744
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *82
96Broken GrooveD *760
97CheekHVS 5a 249
99Face Route 2M 519
100Face Route 1D *513
101First's AreteVD *586
102Side FaceS 4a 511
104Overhanging AreteVD 313
105Leg UpHVS 5a 269
106Route 2VS 4b 444
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *290
108Editor's NoteHVS 5b *220
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 241
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *16
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 29
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 45
113Route 1HS 4a 337
114South CrackD *535
115Left Triplet CrackD 446
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 377
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 360
118Overlapping WallHS 4b 314
119GrooveM 170
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 47
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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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