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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  Sat  Sun  Mon  Tue 

9.4mm rain
Mainly cloudy
18 °C
19 kph

17.4mm rain
Mainly cloudy
15 °C
16 kph

1.7mm rain
Sunny periods
16 °C
10 kph

0.8mm rain
Sun
17 °C
8 kph

0.0mm rain
Sun
20 °C
6 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 3
3EZE WallVB 5
4EZE CrackVB 5
5GunnVS 5a *6
6AsideD 2 11
7BulgeVS 5a *8
8Slant CrackD 8
9Peter GunnHS 4b 4
10Cave LeftV0- 4c 9
11Pure CracklingV1 5b *8
12MidwayV1 5b *4
 NORTH QUARRY  
14Papgather arêteV0- 5
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c 1
16North Bay CrackV1 5b *1
17North Quarry Right CrackV0 5a 2
 WRINKLED WALL AREA  
19Nigel PleaseVB 8
20Arete and crackV0- 7
21Pwon Fri RiV2 9
22Wrinkled left crackV0 8
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 8
24SlabbaV0+ 8
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 7
 CHRISTMAS BUTTRESS AREA  
27HexenV5 3
28GrooveV4 7
29Rib DirectV3 1
30PocketV3 2
31EdgeV3 1
32Windgather BopV4 6
33Smooth WallV4 1
34Bay WallS 4a *62
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *10
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 30
37Red Nose RouteD 38
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 51
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *32
40PlayVB 4
41Two FingersV0- 4
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *11
 NORTH BUTTRESS  
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 17
45The RibVS 5b 341
46The Rib Right-handHS 4b 512
47The StaircaseM *881
48Green SlabS 4b *501
49Black SlabHVD *494
50Green CrackS 4a **921
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 4c **570
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 580
53Chimney and CrackVD 505
54Heather ButtressHD 445
 MIDDLE BUTTRESS  
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 268
57Small WallS 4b 645
58The Other CornerM 448
59PortfolioHVS 5b *659
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 56
 Climb nameGradex
61Wall ClimbHVD *921
62The Slant StartHVD 372
63Central RouteS 4a *617
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1065
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1304
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **158
67The MedicineHS 4a *566
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *692
 HIGH BUTTRESS  
70Bulging AreteS 4a 445
71The CornerD 774
72ZigzagD *341
73Toe NailD *754
74FootprintVD *498
75Nose DirectHVD **672
76DirectorVS 4c *534
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *178
78High Buttress AreteD **1517
79Heather FaceHD *428
80Broken CracksHD 57
81Rib and SlabM 483
 BUTTRESS TWO  
83Buttress Two GullyM 625
84Not CricketHVD 20
85Leg StumpM *603
86Middle and LegD *754
87CentreHVD 3c *731
88Squashed FingerHVD *605
89StruggleVS 4c 456
90Corner CrackVD *901
91Face upHS 4b 3
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 47
93Aged CrackS 4a *835
94TraditionalHS 4a *716
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *76
96Broken GrooveD *726
97CheekHVS 5a 239
 BUTTRESS ONE  
99Face Route 2M 496
100Face Route 1D *487
101First's AreteVD *562
102Side FaceS 4a 489
 SOUTH BUTTRESS  
104Overhanging AreteVD 292
105Leg UpHVS 5a 257
106Route 2VS 4b 421
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *277
108Editor's NoteHVS 5b *208
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 234
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *14
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 28
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 39
113Route 1HS 4a 318
114South CrackD *513
115Left Triplet CrackD 419
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 355
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 339
118Overlapping WallHS 4b 298
119GrooveM 154
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 37
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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