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
2PointVB 6
3EZE WallVB 10
4EZE CrackVB 10
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
14Papgather arêteV0- 8
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c 3
16North Bay CrackV1 5b *1
17North Quarry Right CrackV0 5a 3
19Nigel PleaseVB 13
20Arete and crackV0- 11
21Pwon Fri RiV2 12
22Wrinkled left crackV0 12
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 12
24SlabbaV0+ 11
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 11
27HexenV5 4
28GrooveV4 7
29Rib DirectV3 2
30PocketV3 3
31EdgeV3 4
32Windgather BopV4 7
33Smooth WallV4 2
34Bay WallS 4a *68
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *14
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 33
37Red Nose RouteD 43
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 57
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *34
40PlayVB 9
41Two FingersV0- 7
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *12
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 18
45The RibVS 5a 370
46The Rib Right-handVS 4c 541
47The StaircaseM *931
48Green SlabS 4b *537
49Black SlabHVD *525
50Green CrackS 4a **975
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **607
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 605
53Chimney and CrackVD 537
54Heather ButtressD 481
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 287
57Small WallS 4b 681
58The Other CornerM 472
59PortfolioHVS 5b *700
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 63
61Wall ClimbHVD *974
62The Slant StartHVD 392
63Central RouteS 4a *654
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1119
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1381
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **168
67The MedicineHS 4a *603
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *745
70Bulging AreteS 4a 469
71The CornerD 826
72ZigzagD *368
73Toe NailVD *804
74FootprintVD *541
75Nose DirectHVD **718
76DirectorVS 4c *563
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *192
78High Buttress AreteD **1595
79Heather FaceHVD *454
80Broken CracksHD 61
81Rib and SlabM 512
83Buttress Two GullyM *652
84Not CricketHVD 26
85Leg StumpD *643
86Middle and LegD *791
87CentreHVD 3c *767
88Squashed FingerHVD *635
89StruggleVS 4c 476
90Corner CrackVD *952
91Face upHS 4b 6
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 52
93Aged CrackS 4a *880
94TraditionalHS 4a *754
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *82
96Broken GrooveD *767
97CheekVS 5a 249
99Face Route 2D 528
100Face Route 1HVD *521
101First's AreteVD *592
102Side FaceS 4a 517
104Overhanging AreteVD 314
105Leg UpVS 4b 271
106Route 2VS 4b 451
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *294
108Editor's NoteVS 5a *223
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 244
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *16
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 29
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 45
113Route 1HS 4a 343
114South CrackD *540
115Left Triplet CrackM 449
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 379
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 363
118Overlapping WallS 4a 315
119GrooveM 174
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 47
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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