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Windgather Rocks

Cheshire, ENGLAND

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.

Weather forecast

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0.5mm rain
Sunny periods
19 °C
14 kph

3.1mm rain
Mainly cloudy
19 °C
11 kph

1.6mm rain
13 °C
16 kph

0.0mm rain
12 °C
14 kph

0.0mm rain
12 °C
9 kph
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More: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire DalesMet Office: Peak District

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

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 Climb nameGradex
2PointVB 4
3EZE WallVB 6
4EZE CrackVB 6
5GunnVS 5a *8
6AsideD 2 12
7BulgeVS 5a *9
8Slant CrackD 9
9Peter GunnHS 4b 5
10Cave LeftV0- 4c 11
11Pure CracklingV1 5b *8
12MidwayV1 5b *5
14Papgather arêteV0- 6
15Left Quarry CrackVB 4c 2
16North Bay CrackV1 5b *1
17North Quarry Right CrackV0 5a 3
19Nigel PleaseVB 10
20Arete and crackV0- 8
21Pwon Fri RiV2 9
22Wrinkled left crackV0 9
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 9
24SlabbaV0+ 8
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 8
27HexenV5 4
28GrooveV4 7
29Rib DirectV3 2
30PocketV3 3
31EdgeV3 2
32Windgather BopV4 7
33Smooth WallV4 2
34Bay WallS 4a *66
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *13
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 33
37Red Nose RouteD 41
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 55
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *34
40PlayVB 5
41Two FingersV0- 5
42Wackgather BulgeV2 5c *12
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 17
45The RibVS 5b 353
46The Rib Right-handHS 4b 528
47The StaircaseM *904
48Green SlabS 4b *519
49Black SlabHVD *511
50Green CrackS 4a **948
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 4c **586
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 591
53Chimney and CrackVD 518
54Heather ButtressHD 462
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 278
57Small WallS 4b 660
58The Other CornerM 459
59PortfolioHVS 5b *676
60Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 59
61Wall ClimbHVD *945
 Climb nameGradex
62The Slant StartHVD 384
63Central RouteS 4a *634
64Chockstone ChimneyD *1094
65Mississippi CrackS 4a **1335
66Mississippi Crack VariantVD **162
67The MedicineHS 4a *581
68Middle Buttress AreteVD *718
70Bulging AreteS 4a 457
71The CornerD 800
72ZigzagD *355
73Toe NailD *781
74FootprintVD *516
75Nose DirectHVD **689
76DirectorVS 4c *553
77High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *187
78High Buttress AreteD **1548
79Heather FaceHD *439
80Broken CracksHD 59
81Rib and SlabM 498
83Buttress Two GullyM 641
84Not CricketHVD 25
85Leg StumpM *628
86Middle and LegD *774
87CentreHVD 3c *756
88Squashed FingerHVD *626
89StruggleVS 4c 469
90Corner CrackVD *928
91Face upHS 4b 5
92Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 49
93Aged CrackS 4a *861
94TraditionalHS 4a *736
95Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *82
96Broken GrooveD *752
97CheekHVS 5a 246
99Face Route 2M 511
100Face Route 1D *506
101First's AreteVD *580
102Side FaceS 4a 505
104Overhanging AreteVD 309
105Leg UpHVS 5a 266
106Route 2VS 4b 437
107Route 1.5HVS 4c *285
108Editor's NoteHVS 5b *216
109South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 238
110Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *15
111Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 29
112Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 43
113Route 1HS 4a 331
114South CrackD *530
115Left Triplet CrackD 440
116Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 373
117Right Triplet CrackS 4a 357
118Overlapping WallHS 4b 312
119GrooveM 166
120Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 43
121South Buttress Crack *M * 
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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