Climbs 152
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 408m a.s.l
Faces SW

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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.

Approach notes

From Kettleshulme Village 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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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.
More info
I was struggling to work out which problem was which in the far-right bay, so I made a topo to try to figure it out. Have I got it right? http://02-75.com/uploads/Windgather%20Quarry%20Red%20Wall%20topo.pdf It seems to me most likely that Cornflake is another name for Face Crack, but please do let me know if that's incorrect too. Thanks
yossarian714 - 05/Oct/15
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- 4
3 Secundus V0- 5
4 Tertius VB 5
5 Quartus V0+ 4
6 Point VB 15
7 EZE Wall VB 20
8 EZE Crack VB 19
9 Gunn VS 5a * 20
10 Aside D 2 30
11 Bulge VS 5a * 18
12 Slant Crack D 25
13 Peter Gunn HS 4b 17
14 Cave Left V0- 26
15 Cave Central V2 3
16 Pure Crackling V1 * 25
17 Midway V1 * 21
  Leaning Slab Area
19 Wall V0- 5
20 Slab V0- 4
21 Groovy V0- 4
  North Quarry
23 Papgather Arête V0- 21
24 Left Quarry Crack VB 10
25 North Bay Crack V2 * 10
26 North Quarry Right Crack V0- 15
  Wrinkled Wall Area
28 Nigel Please VB 24
29 Arête and Crack V0- 24
30 Pwon Fri Ri V2 31
31 Wrinkled Left Crack V0 29
32 Wrinkled Right Crack V0- 28
33 Slabba V0+ 30
34 Wrinkled Groove Arête VB 27
  Christmas Buttress Area
36 Hexen V5 7
37 Groove V4 11
38 Rib Direct V3 5
39 Pocket V3 11
40 Edge V3 12
41 Windgather Bop V4 14
42 Smooth Wall V4 5
43 Bay Wall S 4a * 94
44 Bay Wall Direct VS 4c * 25
45 Christmas Nose VS 5a 45
46 Red Nose Route D 55
47 Christmas Arête HS 4b 77
48 Christmas Slab VS 5a * 41
49 Play VB 26
50 Two Fingers V0- 20
51 Wackgather Bulge V2 * 30
52 Wackgather Pockets V2 6
53 Squeeze * V3 6a * 1
54 The Y-axis * V4 * 1
Climb name Grade
  North Buttress
56 Girdle Traverse S 4b 28
57 The Rib VS 5a * 543
58 The Rib Right-hand HVD 4a 782
59 The Staircase M * 1350
60 Green Slab S 4b * 832
61 Black Slab S 4a * 848
62 Green Crack S 4a ** 1557
63 North Buttress Arête Direct VS 5a ** 963
64 North Buttress Arête S 4a * 903
65 Chimney and Crack VD * 781
66 NOT Broken Cracks VD 28
67 Heather Buttress D 749
  Middle Buttress
69 Taller Overhang VS 5a 414
70 Small Wall S 4b 985
71 Small Wall Arête VB 39
72 The Other Corner M 639
73 Portfolio HVS 5a * 1058
74 Wall Climb Variation HS 4b 100
75 Wall Climb HVD * 1463
76 Centre Route S 4a * 1101
77 The Slant Start HVD * 603
78 Boiled Owl HVD 22
79 Chockstone Chimney D * 1746
80 Mississippi Crack S 4a ** 2263
81 Mississippi Crack Variant VD ** 253
82 The Medicine S 4a * 958
83 Middle Buttress Arete VD * 1178
  High Buttress
85 Less Bulging Arête VD 22
86 Bulging Arête S 4a 645
87 The Corner M * 1269
88 Inbetweener HD 16
89 Toe Nail VD * 1268
90 Zigzag D * 556
91 Side Foot S 4a 40
92 Footprint VD * 832
93 Nose Direct HVD ** 1170
94 Director VS 4c * 878
95 High Buttress Arête Direct HVD * 353
96 High Buttress Arête D *** 2571
97 Heather Face HVD 715
98 Broken Cracks HD 87
99 Rib and Slab M 798
  Buttress Two
101 Buttress Two Gully M * 1008
102 Not Cricket HVD 71
103 Leg Stump D * 1011
104 Middle and Leg D * 1224
105 Centre HVD 3c * 1131
106 Squashed Finger HVD * 1005
107 Struggle VS 4c 726
108 Corner Crack VD * 1516
109 Face Up HS 4b 32
Climb name Grade
110 Aged Crack Alternative Start VD 81
111 Aged Crack S 4a * 1407
112 Traditional HS 4a * 1213
113 Broken Groove Arête HS 4b * 149
114 Broken Groove D * 1141
115 Cheek VS 5a * 348
  Buttress One
117 Face Route 2 D 800
118 Face Route 1 HVD * 763
119 First's Arête VD * 886
120 Side Face HVD 3c 746
  South Buttress
122 Overhanging Arête VD 467
123 Leg Up VS 5a 385
124 Route 2 VS 4b 685
125 Route 1.5 VS 4c * 432
126 Editor's Note VS 5a * 333
127 South Buttress Arête Direct E1 5b 360
128 Route 1 - Left-hand Variation VS 4c 42
129 Route 1 HS 4a 512
130 Route 1 Superdirect E1 5a * 32
131 Route 1 - Right-hand Variation HVS 5a 55
132 South Buttress Crack M * 787
133 W.H.Face S 4a 27
134 Left Triplet Crack M 665
135 Middle Triplet Crack S 3c 565
136 Right Triplet Crack S 4a 547
137 Overlapping Wall S 4a 472
138 Groove M 324
139 Discontinuous Rib and Groove M 93
  Windgather Quarry
141 Quarry Traverse VB 254
142 Polished Steps VB 69
143 Polished Steps & Overlap VB 74
144 Shallow Corner VB 58
145 Cornflake VB 12
146 Steep Wall VB 73
147 Arête VB 65
148 The Sentry Box VB 51
149 Face Route VB 46
150 High Steps VB 42
151 Cave Diversion VB 36
152 Two Steep Walls VB 41
153 Small Overhang VB 40
154 Easy Arête VB 41
155 Wall and Arête VB 40
156 Dirty Corner VB 42
157 Narrow Eliminate VB 15
158 Groove VB 45
159 Stepped Wall VB 46
160 Face Climb VB 48
161 Face Crack VB 20
162 Red Eliminate V0 * 18
163 Red Wall VB 53
164 Right Arête VB 48
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