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Windgather Rocks

Cheshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 109 – 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 (VD), Green Crack (HVD) and Portfolio (HVS 5b).

Weather forecast

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0.3mm rain
12 °C
31 kph

1.3mm rain
Mainly cloudy
13 °C
23 kph

6.3mm rain
10 °C
14 kph

3.2mm rain
Sunny periods
13 °C
19 kph

3.2mm rain
13 °C
8 kph
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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 nameGradex
2PointVB 2
3EZE WallVB 3
4EZE CrackVB 3
5GunnVS 5a *6
6AsideD 2 10
7BulgeVS 5a *8
8Slant CrackD 7
9Peter GunnHS 4b 4
10Cave LeftV0- 4c 8
11Pure CracklingV1 5b *6
12MidwayV1 5b *4
14Papgather arêteV0- 4
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c  
16North Bay CrackV1 5b * 
17North Quarry Right CrackV0 5a 2
19Nigel PleaseVB 7
20Arete and crackV0- 6
21Pwon Fri RiV2 7
22Wrinkled left crackV0 7
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 7
24SlabbaV0+ 7
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 6
27HexenV5 2
28GrooveV4 5
29Rib DirectV3 1
30PocketV3 2
31EdgeV3 1
32Windgather BopV4 6
33Smooth WallV4 1
34Bay WallS 4a *59
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *9
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 30
37Red Nose RouteD 37
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 50
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *32
40PlayVB 3
41Two FingersV0- 2
42Wackgather BulgeV3 5c *9
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 17
45The RibVS 5b 321
46The Rib Right-handHS 4b 485
47The StaircaseM *837
48Green SlabS 4b *471
49Black SlabHVD *466
50Green CrackS 4a **868
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 4c **535
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 547
53Chimney and CrackVD 477
54Heather ButtressHD 420
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 257
57Small WallS 4b 623
58The Other CornerM 432
59PortfolioHVS 5b *624
60Wall climb variationHS 4b 49
 Climb nameGradex
61Wall ClimbHVD *874
62The Slant StartHVD 356
63Central RouteS 4a *585
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1005
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1228
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **151
67The MedicineHS 4a *533
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *654
70Bulging AreteS 4a 416
71The CornerD 734
72ZigzagD *319
73Toe NailD *704
74FootprintVD *472
75Nose DirectHVD **627
76DirectorVS 4c *510
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *163
78High Buttress AreteD **1438
79Heather FaceHD *402
80Broken CracksHD 52
81Rib and SlabM 454
83Buttress Two GullyM 590
84Not CricketHVD 15
85Leg StumpM *568
86Middle and LegD *709
87CentreHVD 3c *689
88Squashed FingerHVD *579
89StruggleVS 4c 435
90Corner CrackVD *858
91Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 44
92Aged CrackS 4a *794
93TraditionalHS 4a *683
94Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *71
95Broken GrooveD *690
96CheekHVS 5a 228
98Face Route 2M 477
99Face Route 1D *469
100First's AreteVD *541
101Side FaceS 4a 474
103Overhanging AreteVD 281
104Leg UpHVS 5a 251
105Route 2VS 4b 391
106Route 1.5HVS 4c *260
107Editor's NoteHVS 5b *203
108South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 225
109Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *13
110Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 27
111Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 38
112Route 1HS 4a 310
113South CrackD *483
114Left Triplet CrackD 398
115Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 327
116Right Triplet CrackS 4a 314
117Overlapping WallHS 4b 276
118GrooveM 138
119Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 30
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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.
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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