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 13
3EZE WallVB 18
4EZE CrackVB 17
5GunnVS 5a *16
6AsideD 2 23
7BulgeVS 5a *12
8Slant CrackD 21
9Peter GunnHS 4b 14
10Cave LeftV0- 19
11Pure CracklingV1 *19
12MidwayV1 *15
14Papgather arĂȘteV0- 17
15Left Quarry CrackVB 7
16North Bay CrackV2 *5
17North Quarry Right CrackV0- 10
19Nigel PleaseVB 20
20Arete and crackV0- 20
21Pwon Fri RiV2 25
22Wrinkled left crackV0 23
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 24
24SlabbaV0+ 23
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 21
27HexenV5 6
28GrooveV4 10
29Rib DirectV3 3
30PocketV3 6
31EdgeV3 6
32Windgather BopV4 9
33Smooth WallV4 4
34Bay WallS 4a *82
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *18
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 39
37Red Nose RouteD 51
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 71
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *39
40PlayVB 20
41Two FingersV0- 12
42Wackgather BulgeV2 *20
 North Buttress 
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 22
45The RibVS 5a *474
46The Rib Right-handHVD 4a 675
47The StaircaseM *1171
48Green SlabS 4b *707
49Black SlabS 4a *696
50Green CrackS 4a **1304
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **805
52North Buttress AreteS 4a *766
53Chimney and CrackVD *669
54Heather ButtressD 626
 Middle Buttress 
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 364
57Small WallS 4b 880
58Small Wall AreteVB 29
59The Other CornerM 562
60PortfolioHVS 5a *939
61Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 80
62Wall ClimbHVD *1268
63The Slant StartHVD *521
64Centre RouteS 4a *906
65Chockstone ChimneyD *1479
66Mississippi CrackS 4a **1863
67Mississippi Crack VariantVD **221
68The MedicineS 4a *790
69Middle Buttress AreteVD *978
 High Buttress 
71Less Bulging AreteVD 10
72Bulging AreteS 4a 581
73The CornerM *1077
74ZigzagD *473
75Toe NailVD *1063
76Side FootS 4a 15
77FootprintVD *707
78Nose DirectHVD **959
79DirectorVS 4c *733
80High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *282
81High Buttress AreteD ***2131
82Heather FaceHVD 614
83Broken CracksHD 77
84Rib and SlabM 666
 Buttress Two 
86Buttress Two GullyM *848
87Not CricketHVD 56
88Leg StumpD *869
89Middle and LegD *1014
90CentreHVD 3c *996
91Squashed FingerHVD *849
92StruggleVS 4c 607
93Corner CrackVD *1236
94Face upHS 4b 20
95Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 70
96Aged CrackS 4a *1181
97TraditionalHS 4a *1013
98Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *122
99Broken GrooveD *993
100CheekVS 5a *304
 Buttress One 
102Face Route 2D 682
103Face Route 1HVD *679
104First's AreteVD *770
105Side FaceHVD 3c 672
 South Buttress 
107Overhanging AreteVD 402
108Leg UpVS 5a 337
109Route 2VS 4b 576
110Route 1.5VS 4c *377
111Editor's NoteVS 5a *284
112South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 336
113Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *26
114Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 36
115Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 51
116Route 1HS 4a 443
117South Buttress CrackD *673
118W.H.FaceS 4a 15
119Left Triplet CrackM 565
120Middle Triplet CrackS 3c 494
121Right Triplet CrackS 4a 474
122Overlapping WallS 4a 407
123GrooveM 249
124Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 74

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