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Climbs 126
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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Guidebooks

Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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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 http://www.wikitopo.com/crag.php?cragId=421
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. http://www.wikitopo.com/crag.php?cragId=421&tId=1631
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. http://www.cragmaps.co.uk/windgather-rocks
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
  TWO GUN BUTTRESS AREA
2 Primus V0- 1
3 Secundus V0- 2
4 Tertius VB 2
5 Quartus V0+ 1
6 Point VB 15
7 EZE Wall VB 20
8 EZE Crack VB 19
9 Gunn VS 5a * 19
10 Aside D 2 28
11 Bulge VS 5a * 16
12 Slant Crack D 24
13 Peter Gunn HS 4b 16
14 Cave Left V0- 4c 25
15 Cave Central V2 1
16 Pure Crackling V1 5b * 24
17 Midway V1 5b * 20
  Leaning Slab Area
19 Wall V0- 1
20 Slab V0- 1
21 Groovy V0- 1
  NORTH QUARRY
23 Papgather arĂȘte V0- 20
24 Left Quarry Crack VB 4c 9
25 North Bay Crack V2 6a * 8
26 North Quarry Right Crack V0- 4c 13
  WRINKLED WALL AREA
28 Nigel Please VB 22
29 Arete and crack V0- 23
30 Pwon Fri Ri V2 29
31 Wrinkled left crack V0 26
32 Wrinkled right crack V0- 26
33 Slabba V0+ 26
34 Wrinkled groove arete VB 23
  CHRISTMAS BUTTRESS AREA
36 Hexen V5 7
37 Groove V4 11
38 Rib Direct V3 4
39 Pocket V3 7
40 Edge V3 8
41 Windgather Bop V4 12
42 Smooth Wall V4 5
43 Bay Wall S 4a * 91
44 Bay Wall Direct VS 4c * 24
45 Christmas Nose VS 5a 44
46 Red Nose Route D 53
Climb name Grade
47 Christmas Arete HS 4b 76
48 Christmas Slab VS 5a * 40
49 Play VB 25
50 Two Fingers V0- 18
51 Wackgather Bulge V2 5c * 26
52 Wackgather Pockets V2 2
  North Buttress
54 Girdle Traverse S 4b 25
55 The Rib VS 5a * 511
56 The Rib Right-hand HVD 4a 738
57 The Staircase M * 1253
58 Green Slab S 4b * 764
59 Black Slab S 4a * 765
60 Green Crack S 4a ** 1411
61 North Buttress Arete Direct VS 5a ** 889
62 North Buttress Arete S 4a * 838
63 Chimney and Crack VD * 720
64 NOT Broken Cracks VD 6
65 Heather Buttress D 685
  Middle Buttress
67 Taller Overhang VS 5a 399
68 Small Wall S 4b 925
69 Small Wall Arete VB 36
70 The Other Corner M 601
71 Portfolio HVS 5a * 990
72 Wall Climb Variation HS 4b 95
73 Wall Climb HVD * 1348
74 Centre Route S 4a * 992
75 The Slant Start HVD * 569
76 Boiled Owl HVD 7
77 Chockstone Chimney D * 1615
78 Mississippi Crack S 4a ** 2047
79 Mississippi Crack Variant VD ** 235
80 The Medicine S 4a * 881
81 Middle Buttress Arete VD * 1078
  High Buttress
83 Less Bulging Arete VD 17
84 Bulging Arete S 4a 611
85 The Corner M * 1164
86 Inbetweener VD 1
87 Toe Nail VD * 1163
88 Zigzag D * 516
89 Side Foot S 4a 28
90 Footprint VD * 757
91 Nose Direct HVD ** 1063
92 Director VS 4c * 809
Climb name Grade
93 High Buttress Arete Direct HVD * 315
94 High Buttress Arete D *** 2353
95 Heather Face HVD 663
96 Broken Cracks HD 83
97 Rib and Slab M 726
  Buttress Two
99 Buttress Two Gully M * 929
100 Not Cricket HVD 64
101 Leg Stump D * 937
102 Middle and Leg D * 1112
103 Centre HVD 3c * 1053
104 Squashed Finger HVD * 915
105 Struggle VS 4c 673
106 Corner Crack VD * 1362
107 Face up HS 4b 28
108 Aged Crack Alternative Start VD 76
109 Aged Crack S 4a * 1277
110 Traditional HS 4a * 1100
111 Broken Groove Arete HS 4b * 133
112 Broken Groove D * 1060
113 Cheek VS 5a * 333
  Buttress One
115 Face Route 2 D 751
116 Face Route 1 HVD * 731
117 First's Arete VD * 831
118 Side Face HVD 3c 716
  South Buttress
120 Overhanging Arete VD 436
121 Leg Up VS 5a 363
122 Route 2 VS 4b 642
123 Route 1.5 VS 4c * 409
124 Editor's Note VS 5a * 315
125 South Buttress Arete Direct E1 5b 347
126 Route 1 superdirect E1 5a * 28
127 Route 1 - Left hand variation VS 4c 38
128 Route 1 - Right hand variation HVS 5a 53
129 Route 1 HS 4a 479
130 South Buttress Crack M * 728
131 W.H.Face S 4a 23
132 Left Triplet Crack M 622
133 Middle Triplet Crack S 3c 525
134 Right Triplet Crack S 4a 510
135 Overlapping Wall S 4a 433
136 Groove M 288
137 Discontinuous Rib and Groove M 86

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