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).

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.

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 10
3EZE WallVB 15
4EZE CrackVB 14
5GunnVS 5a *11
6AsideD 2 19
7BulgeVS 5a *10
8Slant CrackD 15
9Peter GunnHS 4b 8
10Cave LeftV0- 4c 15
11Pure CracklingV1 5b *14
12MidwayV1 5b *10
14Papgather arÍteV0- 11
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c 4
16North Bay CrackV2 6a *3
17North Quarry Right CrackV0- 4c 6
19Nigel PleaseVB 14
20Arete and crackV0- 13
21Pwon Fri RiV2 15
22Wrinkled left crackV0 13
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 14
24SlabbaV0+ 13
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 13
27HexenV5 5
28GrooveV4 8
29Rib DirectV3 2
30PocketV3 3
31EdgeV3 4
32Windgather BopV4 8
33Smooth WallV4 3
34Bay WallS 4a *73
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *16
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 34
37Red Nose RouteD 44
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 60
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *36
40PlayVB 14
41Two FingersV0- 9
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *16
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 19
45The RibVS 5a 403
46The Rib Right-handHVD 4a 573
47The StaircaseM *996
48Green SlabS 4b *583
49Black SlabHVD *571
50Green CrackS 4a **1049
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **650
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 646
53Chimney and CrackVD 574
54Heather ButtressD 520
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 312
57Small WallS 4b 734
58The Other CornerM 496
59PortfolioHVS 5b *759
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 65
61Wall ClimbHVD *1063
62The Slant StartHVD 429
63Central RouteS 4a *721
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1230
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1510
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **177
67The MedicineHS 4a *651
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *797
70Bulging AreteS 4a 500
71The CornerD 906
72ZigzagD *399
73Toe NailVD *883
74FootprintVD *589
75Nose DirectHVD **782
76DirectorVS 4c *608
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *215
78High Buttress AreteD **1755
79Heather FaceHVD *496
80Broken CracksHD 65
81Rib and SlabM 562
83Buttress Two GullyM *710
84Not CricketHVD 33
85Leg StumpD *699
86Middle and LegD *854
87CentreHVD 3c *838
88Squashed FingerHVD *687
89StruggleVS 4c 514
90Corner CrackVD *1037
91Face upHS 4b 7
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 58
93Aged CrackS 4a *969
94TraditionalHS 4a *826
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *93
96Broken GrooveD *837
97CheekVS 5a 264
99Face Route 2D 577
100Face Route 1HVD *569
101First's AreteVD *646
102Side FaceS 4a 561
104Overhanging AreteVD 340
105Leg UpVS 4b 285
106Route 2VS 4b 481
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *313
108Editor's NoteVS 5a *240
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 260
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *21
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 33
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 48
113Route 1HS 4a 369
114South CrackD *582
115Left Triplet CrackM 489
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 413
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 397
118Overlapping WallS 4a 348
119GrooveM 198
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 53
121W.H. Overhang *MVS 4c * 
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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