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

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 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 17
45The RibVS 5a 367
46The Rib Right-handVS 4c 539
47The StaircaseM *926
48Green SlabS 4b *533
49Black SlabHVD *521
50Green CrackS 4a **971
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **604
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 602
53Chimney and CrackVD 534
54Heather ButtressD 477
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 285
57Small WallS 4b 676
58The Other CornerM 469
59PortfolioHVS 5b *699
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 62
61Wall ClimbHVD *969
62The Slant StartHVD 390
63Central RouteS 4a *650
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1114
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1372
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **168
67The MedicineHS 4a *599
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *741
70Bulging AreteS 4a 467
71The CornerD 823
72ZigzagD *366
73Toe NailVD *799
74FootprintVD *536
75Nose DirectHVD **712
76DirectorVS 4c *560
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *191
78High Buttress AreteD **1588
79Heather FaceHVD *451
80Broken CracksHD 61
81Rib and SlabM 511
83Buttress Two GullyM *651
84Not CricketHVD 26
85Leg StumpD *641
86Middle and LegD *790
87CentreHVD 3c *764
88Squashed FingerHVD *635
89StruggleVS 4c 476
90Corner CrackVD *949
91Face upHS 4b 6
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 51
93Aged CrackS 4a *875
94TraditionalHS 4a *750
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *82
96Broken GrooveD *765
97CheekVS 5a 249
99Face Route 2D 527
100Face Route 1HVD *520
101First's AreteVD *591
102Side FaceS 4a 516
104Overhanging AreteVD 313
105Leg UpVS 4b 271
106Route 2VS 4b 450
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *294
108Editor's NoteVS 5a *222
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 243
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *16
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 29
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 45
113Route 1HS 4a 342
114South CrackD *538
115Left Triplet CrackM 447
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 378
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 362
118Overlapping WallS 4a 314
119GrooveM 173
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
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