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.

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

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
4EZE CrackVB
5GunnVS 5a *
6AsideD 2
7BulgeVS 5a *
8Slant CrackD
9Peter GunnHS 4b
10Cave LeftV0- 4c
11Pure CracklingV1 5b *
12MidwayV1 5b *
14Papgather arêteV0-
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c
16North Bay CrackV1 5b *
17North Quarry Right CrackV0 5a
19Nigel PleaseVB
20Arete and crackV0-
21Pwon Fri RiV2
22Wrinkled left crackV0
23Wrinkled right crackV0-
25Wrinkled groove areteVB
29Rib DirectV3
32Windgather BopV4
33Smooth WallV4
34Bay WallS 4a *
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *
36Christmas NoseVS 5a
37Red Nose RouteD
38Christmas AreteHS 4b
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *
41Two FingersV0-
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *
44Girdle TraverseS 4b
45The RibVS 5b
46The Rib Right-handHS 4b
47The StaircaseM *
48Green SlabS 4b *
49Black SlabHVD *
50Green CrackS 4a **
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 4c **
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a
53Chimney and CrackVD
54Heather ButtressHD
56Taller OverhangVS 5a
57Small WallS 4b
58The Other CornerM
59PortfolioHVS 5b *
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b
61Wall ClimbHVD *
62The Slant StartHVD
63Central RouteS 4a *
64Chockstone ChimneyD *
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **
67The MedicineHS 4a *
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *
70Bulging AreteS 4a
71The CornerD
72ZigzagD *
73Toe NailD *
74FootprintVD *
75Nose DirectHVD **
76DirectorVS 4c *
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *
78High Buttress AreteD **
79Heather FaceHD *
80Broken CracksHD
81Rib and SlabM
83Buttress Two GullyM
84Not CricketHVD
85Leg StumpM *
86Middle and LegD *
87CentreHVD 3c *
88Squashed FingerHVD *
89StruggleVS 4c
90Corner CrackVD *
91Face upHS 4b
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD
93Aged CrackS 4a *
94TraditionalHS 4a *
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *
96Broken GrooveD *
97CheekHVS 5a
99Face Route 2M
100Face Route 1D *
101First's AreteVD *
102Side FaceS 4a
104Overhanging AreteVD
105Leg UpHVS 5a
106Route 2VS 4b
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *
108Editor's NoteHVS 5b *
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a
113Route 1HS 4a
114South CrackD *
115Left Triplet CrackD
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a
118Overlapping WallHS 4b
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM
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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