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
2PointVB 12
3EZE WallVB 17
4EZE CrackVB 16
5GunnVS 5a *16
6AsideD 2 22
7BulgeVS 5a *13
8Slant CrackD 19
9Peter GunnHS 4b 12
10Cave LeftV0- 17
11Pure CracklingV1 *17
12MidwayV1 *13
14Papgather arÍteV0- 15
15Left Quarry CrackVB 6
16North Bay CrackV2 *5
17North Quarry Right CrackV0- 9
19Nigel PleaseVB 19
20Arete and crackV0- 19
21Pwon Fri RiV2 22
22Wrinkled left crackV0 20
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 21
24SlabbaV0+ 20
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 19
27HexenV5 6
28GrooveV4 10
29Rib DirectV3 3
30PocketV3 6
31EdgeV3 6
32Windgather BopV4 9
33Smooth WallV4 4
34Bay WallS 4a *85
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *20
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 38
37Red Nose RouteD 51
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 70
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *43
40PlayVB 18
41Two FingersV0- 11
42Wackgather BulgeV2 *18
 North Buttress 
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 28
45The RibVS 5a 463
46The Rib Right-handHVD 4a 658
47The StaircaseM *1139
48Green SlabS 4b *688
49Black SlabHVD *662
50Green CrackS 4a **1250
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **771
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 739
53Chimney and CrackVD 652
54Heather ButtressD 606
 Middle Buttress 
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 358
57Small WallS 4b 858
58Small Wall AreteVB 24
59The Other CornerM 552
60PortfolioHVS 5b *914
61Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 80
62Wall ClimbHVD *1222
63The Slant StartHVD 507
64Central RouteS 4a *856
65Chockstone ChimneyD *1435
66Mississippi CrackS 4a **1802
67Mississippi Crack VariantVD **224
68The MedicineHS 4a *753
69Middle Buttress AreteVD *939
 High Buttress 
71Less Bulging AreteVD 8
72Bulging AreteS 4a 566
73The CornerD 1045
74ZigzagD *464
75Toe NailVD *1030
76Side FootS 4a 12
77FootprintVD *678
78Nose DirectHVD **931
79DirectorVS 4c *703
80High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *271
81High Buttress AreteD **2064
82Heather FaceHVD *598
83Broken CracksHD 78
84Rib and SlabM 643
 Buttress Two 
86Buttress Two GullyM *831
87Not CricketHVD 54
88Leg StumpD *837
89Middle and LegD *988
90CentreHVD 3c *967
91Squashed FingerHVD *821
92StruggleVS 4c 597
93Corner CrackVD *1206
94Face upHS 4b 21
95Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 70
96Aged CrackS 4a *1142
97TraditionalHS 4a *980
98Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *121
99Broken GrooveD *967
100CheekVS 5a 301
 Buttress One 
102Face Route 2D 670
103Face Route 1HVD *662
104First's AreteVD *751
105Side FaceS 4a 653
 South Buttress 
107Overhanging AreteVD 389
108Leg UpVS 4b 330
109Route 2VS 4b 558
110Route 1.5HVS 4c *372
111Editor's NoteVS 5a *277
112South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 326
113Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *27
114Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 37
115Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 52
116Route 1HS 4a 434
117South CrackD *660
118W.H.FaceS 4a 13
119Left Triplet CrackM 555
120Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 482
121Right Triplet CrackS 4a 463
122Overlapping WallS 4a 394
123GrooveM 243
124Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 71

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