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.

Western Grit (2009), Staffordshire Gritstone, The Roaches (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 9
3EZE WallVB 13
4EZE CrackVB 13
5GunnVS 5a *11
6AsideD 2 18
7BulgeVS 5a *10
8Slant CrackD 15
9Peter GunnHS 4b 7
10Cave LeftV0- 4c 15
11Pure CracklingV1 5b *14
12MidwayV1 5b *10
14Papgather arêteV0- 10
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 13
22Wrinkled left crackV0 13
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 13
24SlabbaV0+ 12
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 12
27HexenV5 5
28GrooveV4 8
29Rib DirectV3 2
30PocketV3 3
31EdgeV3 4
32Windgather BopV4 8
33Smooth WallV4 3
34Bay WallS 4a *69
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *16
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 33
37Red Nose RouteD 44
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 57
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *36
40PlayVB 11
41Two FingersV0- 8
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *14
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 19
45The RibVS 5a 382
46The Rib Right-handVS 4c 555
47The StaircaseM *963
48Green SlabS 4b *554
49Black SlabHVD *549
50Green CrackS 4a **1000
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **629
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 625
53Chimney and CrackVD 548
54Heather ButtressD 500
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 300
57Small WallS 4b 702
58The Other CornerM 481
59PortfolioHVS 5b *721
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 64
61Wall ClimbHVD *1019
62The Slant StartHVD 407
63Central RouteS 4a *682
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1169
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1437
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **173
67The MedicineHS 4a *624
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *769
70Bulging AreteS 4a 486
71The CornerD 872
72ZigzagD *385
73Toe NailVD *842
74FootprintVD *561
75Nose DirectHVD **752
76DirectorVS 4c *583
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *199
78High Buttress AreteD **1671
79Heather FaceHVD *478
80Broken CracksHD 63
81Rib and SlabM 538
83Buttress Two GullyM *681
84Not CricketHVD 30
85Leg StumpD *667
86Middle and LegD *816
87CentreHVD 3c *799
88Squashed FingerHVD *655
89StruggleVS 4c 494
90Corner CrackVD *995
91Face upHS 4b 6
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 55
93Aged CrackS 4a *923
94TraditionalHS 4a *790
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *88
96Broken GrooveD *803
97CheekVS 5a 258
99Face Route 2D 551
100Face Route 1HVD *543
101First's AreteVD *618
102Side FaceS 4a 538
104Overhanging AreteVD 326
105Leg UpVS 4b 279
106Route 2VS 4b 469
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *308
108Editor's NoteVS 5a *233
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 250
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *19
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 32
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 47
113Route 1HS 4a 354
114South CrackD *558
115Left Triplet CrackM 465
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 393
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 376
118Overlapping WallS 4a 326
119GrooveM 184
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 49
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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