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Windgather Rocks

Cheshire, ENGLAND

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.

Weather forecast

 Today  Fri  Sat  Sun  Mon 

0.1mm rain
Mainly cloudy
13 °C
14 kph

0.2mm rain
Cloudy
14 °C
25 kph

2.2mm rain
Sun
9 °C
27 kph

0.4mm rain
Sunny periods
12 °C
19 kph

8.7mm rain
Cloudy
10 °C
28 kph
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Guidebooks
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 nameGradex
 TWO GUN BUTTRESS AREA  
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
 NORTH QUARRY  
14Papgather arêteV0- 8
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c 3
16North Bay CrackV1 5b *1
17North Quarry Right CrackV0 5a 3
 WRINKLED WALL AREA  
19Nigel PleaseVB 12
20Arete and crackV0- 10
21Pwon Fri RiV2 11
22Wrinkled left crackV0 11
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 11
24SlabbaV0+ 10
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 10
 CHRISTMAS BUTTRESS AREA  
27HexenV5 4
28GrooveV4 7
29Rib DirectV3 2
30PocketV3 3
31EdgeV3 4
32Windgather BopV4 7
33Smooth WallV4 2
34Bay WallS 4a *67
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *14
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 33
37Red Nose RouteD 42
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 56
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *34
40PlayVB 8
41Two FingersV0- 7
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *12
 NORTH BUTTRESS  
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 17
45The RibVS 5b 359
46The Rib Right-handHS 4b 535
47The StaircaseM *911
48Green SlabS 4b *524
49Black SlabHVD *515
50Green CrackS 4a **954
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 4c **595
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 596
53Chimney and CrackVD 524
54Heather ButtressHD 469
 MIDDLE BUTTRESS  
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 283
57Small WallS 4b 669
58The Other CornerM 465
59PortfolioHVS 5b *683
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 61
 Climb nameGradex
61Wall ClimbHVD *952
62The Slant StartHVD 387
63Central RouteS 4a *641
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1101
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1346
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **165
67The MedicineHS 4a *591
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *726
 HIGH BUTTRESS  
70Bulging AreteS 4a 461
71The CornerD 807
72ZigzagD *360
73Toe NailD *788
74FootprintVD *523
75Nose DirectHVD **698
76DirectorVS 4c *556
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *190
78High Buttress AreteD **1561
79Heather FaceHD *445
80Broken CracksHD 60
81Rib and SlabM 503
 BUTTRESS TWO  
83Buttress Two GullyM 648
84Not CricketHVD 25
85Leg StumpM *633
86Middle and LegD *778
87CentreHVD 3c *758
88Squashed FingerHVD *629
89StruggleVS 4c 472
90Corner CrackVD *934
91Face upHS 4b 5
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 49
93Aged CrackS 4a *866
94TraditionalHS 4a *742
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *82
96Broken GrooveD *758
97CheekHVS 5a 248
 BUTTRESS ONE  
99Face Route 2M 517
100Face Route 1D *511
101First's AreteVD *584
102Side FaceS 4a 510
 SOUTH BUTTRESS  
104Overhanging AreteVD 312
105Leg UpHVS 5a 268
106Route 2VS 4b 442
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *289
108Editor's NoteHVS 5b *219
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 240
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *16
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 29
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 45
113Route 1HS 4a 335
114South CrackD *534
115Left Triplet CrackD 444
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 377
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 360
118Overlapping WallHS 4b 314
119GrooveM 167
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 46
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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 http://www.wikitopo.com/crag.php?cragId=421
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. http://www.wikitopo.com/crag.php?cragId=421&tId=1631
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. http://www.cragmaps.co.uk/windgather-rocks
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