Climbs 115
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 400m a.s.l
Faces SW

Sunset at Windgather Rocks © Jake

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).

Approach 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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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
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
2Pointf3 10
3EZE Wallf3 15
4EZE Crackf3 14
5GunnVS 5a *12
6AsideD 2 19
7BulgeVS 5a *10
8Slant CrackD 15
9Peter GunnHS 4b 8
10Cave Leftf3+ 15
11Pure Cracklingf5 *14
12Midwayf5 *10
14Papgather arÍtef3+ 11
15Left Quarry Crackf3 4
16North Bay Crackf5+ *3
17North Quarry Right Crackf3+ 6
19Nigel Pleasef3 14
20Arete and crackf3+ 14
21Pwon Fri Rif5+ 16
22Wrinkled left crackf4 15
23Wrinkled right crackf3+ 16
24Slabbaf4+ 14
25Wrinkled groove aretef3 14
27Hexenf6C 6
28Groovef6B 9
29Rib Directf6A 3
30Pocketf6A 4
31Edgef6A 5
32Windgather Bopf6B 9
33Smooth Wallf6B 4
34Bay WallS 4a *75
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *16
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 35
37Red Nose RouteD 46
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 62
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *36
40Playf3 14
41Two Fingersf3+ 9
42Wackgather Bulgef5+ *16
 North Buttress 
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 19
45The RibVS 5a 410
46The Rib Right-handHVD 4a 588
47The StaircaseM *1016
48Green SlabS 4b *605
49Black SlabHVD *591
50Green CrackS 4a **1090
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **672
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 657
53Chimney and CrackVD 592
54Heather ButtressD 535
 Middle Buttress 
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 324
57Small WallS 4b 754
58Small Wall Aretef3 2
59The Other CornerM 505
60PortfolioHVS 5b *803
61Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 65
62Wall ClimbHVD *1083
63The Slant StartHVD 437
64Central RouteS 4a *740
65Chockstone ChimneyD *1253
66Mississippi CrackS 4a **1561
67Mississippi Crack VariantVD **193
68The MedicineHS 4a *668
69Middle Buttress AreteVD *824
 High Buttress 
71Bulging AreteS 4a 514
72The CornerD 931
73ZigzagD *414
74Toe NailVD *904
75FootprintVD *612
76Nose DirectHVD **814
77DirectorVS 4c *631
78High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *221
79High Buttress AreteD **1802
80Heather FaceHVD *510
81Broken CracksHD 65
82Rib and SlabM 568
 Buttress Two 
84Buttress Two GullyM *724
85Not CricketHVD 36
86Leg StumpD *717
87Middle and LegD *871
88CentreHVD 3c *858
89Squashed FingerHVD *705
90StruggleVS 4c 522
91Corner CrackVD *1063
92Face upHS 4b 9
93Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 59
94Aged CrackS 4a *999
95TraditionalHS 4a *846
96Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *99
97Broken GrooveD *849
98CheekVS 5a 273
 Buttress One 
100Face Route 2D 589
101Face Route 1HVD *579
102First's AreteVD *661
103Side FaceS 4a 572
 South Buttress 
105Overhanging AreteVD 348
106Leg UpVS 4b 296
107Route 2VS 4b 498
108Route 1.5HVS 4c *326
109Editor's NoteVS 5a *245
110South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 279
111Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *22
112Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 33
113Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 48
114Route 1HS 4a 376
115South CrackD *590
116W.H.FaceS 4a 3
117Left Triplet CrackM 498
118Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 424
119Right Triplet CrackS 4a 407
120Overlapping WallS 4a 358
121GrooveM 202
122Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 55
123Instep *S 4a 4
124Less Bulging Arete *VD 1
125Break with Tradition *VS 4b 1
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