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 10
3EZE WallVB 14
4EZE CrackVB 14
5GunnVS 5a *11
6AsideD 2 18
7BulgeVS 5a *10
8Slant CrackD 15
9Peter GunnHS 4b 8
10Cave LeftV0- 4c 15
11Pure CracklingV1 5b *14
12MidwayV1 5b *10
14Papgather arÍteV0- 11
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c 3
16North Bay CrackV1 5b *2
17North Quarry Right CrackV0 5a 4
19Nigel PleaseVB 14
20Arete and crackV0- 12
21Pwon Fri RiV2 14
22Wrinkled left crackV0 13
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 14
24SlabbaV0+ 13
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 13
27HexenV5 5
28GrooveV4 8
29Rib DirectV3 2
30PocketV3 3
31EdgeV3 4
32Windgather BopV4 8
33Smooth WallV4 3
34Bay WallS 4a *71
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *16
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 33
37Red Nose RouteD 44
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 58
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *36
40PlayVB 11
41Two FingersV0- 8
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *14
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 19
45The RibVS 5a 390
46The Rib Right-handHVD 4a 567
47The StaircaseM *987
48Green SlabS 4b *571
49Black SlabHVD *561
50Green CrackS 4a **1027
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **641
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 636
53Chimney and CrackVD 563
54Heather ButtressD 509
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 305
57Small WallS 4b 718
58The Other CornerM 490
59PortfolioHVS 5b *749
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 64
61Wall ClimbHVD *1044
62The Slant StartHVD 418
63Central RouteS 4a *696
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1208
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1475
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **174
67The MedicineHS 4a *642
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *785
70Bulging AreteS 4a 489
71The CornerD 891
72ZigzagD *392
73Toe NailVD *860
74FootprintVD *573
75Nose DirectHVD **764
76DirectorVS 4c *591
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *205
78High Buttress AreteD **1718
79Heather FaceHVD *484
80Broken CracksHD 65
81Rib and SlabM 550
83Buttress Two GullyM *697
84Not CricketHVD 32
85Leg StumpD *683
86Middle and LegD *840
87CentreHVD 3c *821
88Squashed FingerHVD *664
89StruggleVS 4c 500
90Corner CrackVD *1017
91Face upHS 4b 6
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 55
93Aged CrackS 4a *937
94TraditionalHS 4a *798
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *89
96Broken GrooveD *822
97CheekVS 5a 261
99Face Route 2D 563
100Face Route 1HVD *553
101First's AreteVD *632
102Side FaceS 4a 548
104Overhanging AreteVD 332
105Leg UpVS 4b 282
106Route 2VS 4b 474
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *310
108Editor's NoteVS 5a *235
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 253
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *20
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 32
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 47
113Route 1HS 4a 363
114South CrackD *571
115Left Triplet CrackM 480
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 403
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 386
118Overlapping WallS 4a 338
119GrooveM 192
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 51
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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