Climbs 115
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 400m a.s.l
Faces SW

Sunset at Windgather Rocks © Jake

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.


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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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
2PointVB 11
3EZE WallVB 16
4EZE CrackVB 15
5GunnVS 5a *15
6AsideD 2 20
7BulgeVS 5a *13
8Slant CrackD 16
9Peter GunnHS 4b 10
10Cave LeftV0- 16
11Pure CracklingV1 *16
12MidwayV1 *12
14Papgather arÍteV0- 13
15Left Quarry CrackVB 5
16North Bay CrackV2 *5
17North Quarry Right CrackV0- 8
19Nigel PleaseVB 16
20Arete and crackV0- 16
21Pwon Fri RiV2 20
22Wrinkled left crackV0 17
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 18
24SlabbaV0+ 16
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 16
27HexenV5 6
28GrooveV4 10
29Rib DirectV3 3
30PocketV3 5
31EdgeV3 6
32Windgather BopV4 8
33Smooth WallV4 4
34Bay WallS 4a *82
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *19
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 38
37Red Nose RouteD 48
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 66
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *37
40PlayVB 16
41Two FingersV0- 10
42Wackgather BulgeV2 *18
 North Buttress 
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 28
45The RibVS 5a 441
46The Rib Right-handHVD 4a 634
47The StaircaseM *1091
48Green SlabS 4b *660
49Black SlabHVD *633
50Green CrackS 4a **1180
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **730
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 710
53Chimney and CrackVD 632
54Heather ButtressD 579
 Middle Buttress 
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 350
57Small WallS 4b 819
58Small Wall AreteVB 17
59The Other CornerM 538
60PortfolioHVS 5b *862
61Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 77
62Wall ClimbHVD *1163
63The Slant StartHVD 482
64Central RouteS 4a *814
65Chockstone ChimneyD *1360
66Mississippi CrackS 4a **1705
67Mississippi Crack VariantVD **212
68The MedicineHS 4a *715
69Middle Buttress AreteVD *898
 High Buttress 
71Less Bulging AreteVD 3
72Bulging AreteS 4a 548
73The CornerD 1008
74ZigzagD *446
75Toe NailVD *983
76Side FootS 4a 6
77FootprintVD *659
78Nose DirectHVD **891
79DirectorVS 4c *674
80High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *250
81High Buttress AreteD **1959
82Heather FaceHVD *569
83Broken CracksHD 74
84Rib and SlabM 618
 Buttress Two 
86Buttress Two GullyM *787
87Not CricketHVD 49
88Leg StumpD *793
89Middle and LegD *946
90CentreHVD 3c *932
91Squashed FingerHVD *774
92StruggleVS 4c 561
93Corner CrackVD *1159
94Face upHS 4b 14
95Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 63
96Aged CrackS 4a *1091
97TraditionalHS 4a *930
98Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *112
99Broken GrooveD *931
100CheekVS 5a 287
 Buttress One 
102Face Route 2D 651
103Face Route 1HVD *640
104First's AreteVD *730
105Side FaceS 4a 627
 South Buttress 
107Overhanging AreteVD 375
108Leg UpVS 4b 314
109Route 2VS 4b 534
110Route 1.5HVS 4c *354
111Editor's NoteVS 5a *266
112South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 307
113Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *27
114Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 37
115Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 48
116Route 1HS 4a 417
117South CrackD *635
118W.H.FaceS 4a 9
119Left Triplet CrackM 540
120Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 463
121Right Triplet CrackS 4a 443
122Overlapping WallS 4a 386
123GrooveM 233
124Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 64

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