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.

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 Point VB 13
3 EZE Wall VB 18
4 EZE Crack VB 17
5 Gunn VS 5a * 16
6 Aside D 2 24
7 Bulge VS 5a * 12
8 Slant Crack D 21
9 Peter Gunn HS 4b 14
10 Cave Left V0- 4c 19
11 Pure Crackling V1 5b * 19
12 Midway V1 5b * 15
  NORTH QUARRY
14 Papgather arĂȘte V0- 17
15 Left Quarry Crack VB 4c 7
16 North Bay Crack V2 6a * 5
17 North Quarry Right Crack V0- 4c 10
  WRINKLED WALL AREA
19 Nigel Please VB 20
20 Arete and crack V0- 20
21 Pwon Fri Ri V2 25
22 Wrinkled left crack V0 23
23 Wrinkled right crack V0- 24
24 Slabba V0+ 23
25 Wrinkled groove arete VB 21
  CHRISTMAS BUTTRESS AREA
27 Hexen V5 6
28 Groove V4 10
29 Rib Direct V3 3
30 Pocket V3 6
31 Edge V3 6
32 Windgather Bop V4 9
33 Smooth Wall V4 4
34 Bay Wall S 4a * 82
35 Bay Wall Direct VS 4c * 18
36 Christmas Nose VS 5a 39
37 Red Nose Route D 51
38 Christmas Arete HS 4b 73
39 Christmas Slab VS 5a * 39
40 Play VB 20
41 Two Fingers V0- 12
42 Wackgather Bulge V2 5c * 20
  North Buttress
44 Girdle Traverse S 4b 22
45 The Rib VS 5a * 477
46 The Rib Right-hand HVD 4a 686
47 The Staircase M * 1182
48 Green Slab S 4b * 716
49 Black Slab S 4a * 703
50 Green Crack S 4a ** 1316
51 North Buttress Arete Direct VS 5a ** 812
52 North Buttress Arete S 4a * 774
53 Chimney and Crack VD * 676
54 Heather Buttress D 635
  Middle Buttress
56 Taller Overhang VS 5a 365
57 Small Wall S 4b 882
58 Small Wall Arete VB 29
59 The Other Corner M 569
60 Portfolio HVS 5a * 946
61 Wall Climb Variation HS 4b 81
62 Wall Climb HVD * 1282
63 The Slant Start HVD * 524
64 Centre Route S 4a * 915
65 Chockstone Chimney D * 1501
66 Mississippi Crack S 4a ** 1884
67 Mississippi Crack Variant VD ** 222
68 The Medicine S 4a * 797
69 Middle Buttress Arete VD * 993
  High Buttress
71 Less Bulging Arete VD 10
72 Bulging Arete S 4a 585
73 The Corner M * 1086
74 Zigzag D * 480
75 Toe Nail VD * 1071
76 Side Foot S 4a 15
77 Footprint VD * 713
78 Nose Direct HVD ** 977
79 Director VS 4c * 743
80 High Buttress Arete Direct HVD * 286
81 High Buttress Arete D *** 2159
82 Heather Face HVD 619
83 Broken Cracks HD 78
84 Rib and Slab M 675
  Buttress Two
86 Buttress Two Gully M * 867
87 Not Cricket HVD 56
88 Leg Stump D * 874
89 Middle and Leg D * 1025
90 Centre HVD 3c * 998
91 Squashed Finger HVD * 852
92 Struggle VS 4c 621
93 Corner Crack VD * 1247
94 Face up HS 4b 20
95 Aged Crack Alternative Start VD 70
96 Aged Crack S 4a * 1183
97 Traditional HS 4a * 1016
98 Broken Groove Arete HS 4b * 122
99 Broken Groove D * 1001
100 Cheek VS 5a * 305
  Buttress One
102 Face Route 2 D 693
103 Face Route 1 HVD * 687
104 First's Arete VD * 779
105 Side Face HVD 3c 675
  South Buttress
107 Overhanging Arete VD 408
108 Leg Up VS 5a 338
109 Route 2 VS 4b 581
110 Route 1.5 VS 4c * 385
111 Editor's Note VS 5a * 286
112 South Buttress Arete Direct E1 5b 341
113 Route 1 superdirect E1 5a * 26
114 Route 1 - Left hand variation VS 4c 37
115 Route 1 - Right hand variation HVS 5a 51
116 Route 1 HS 4a 447
117 South Buttress Crack D * 682
118 W.H.Face S 4a 17
119 Left Triplet Crack M 574
120 Middle Triplet Crack S 3c 499
121 Right Triplet Crack S 4a 481
122 Overlapping Wall S 4a 408
123 Groove M 255
124 Discontinuous Rib and Groove M 76

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