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 * 17
6 Aside D 2 24
7 Bulge VS 5a * 13
8 Slant Crack D 22
9 Peter Gunn HS 4b 15
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 7
28 Groove V4 11
29 Rib Direct V3 4
30 Pocket V3 6
31 Edge V3 6
32 Windgather Bop V4 10
33 Smooth Wall V4 5
34 Bay Wall S 4a * 83
35 Bay Wall Direct VS 4c * 18
36 Christmas Nose VS 5a 39
37 Red Nose Route D 52
38 Christmas Arete HS 4b 74
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 28
45 The Rib VS 5a * 491
46 The Rib Right-hand HVD 4a 704
47 The Staircase M * 1209
48 Green Slab S 4b * 729
49 Black Slab S 4a * 726
50 Green Crack S 4a ** 1346
51 North Buttress Arete Direct VS 5a ** 839
52 North Buttress Arete S 4a * 802
53 Chimney and Crack VD * 690
54 Heather Buttress D 646
  Middle Buttress
56 Taller Overhang VS 5a 383
57 Small Wall S 4b 895
58 Small Wall Arete VB 30
59 The Other Corner M 575
60 Portfolio HVS 5a * 968
61 Wall Climb Variation HS 4b 90
62 Wall Climb HVD * 1300
63 The Slant Start HVD * 543
64 Centre Route S 4a * 934
65 Chockstone Chimney D * 1528
66 Mississippi Crack S 4a ** 1933
67 Mississippi Crack Variant VD ** 228
68 The Medicine S 4a * 827
69 Middle Buttress Arete VD * 1027
  High Buttress
71 Less Bulging Arete VD 11
72 Bulging Arete S 4a 595
73 The Corner M * 1117
74 Zigzag D * 498
75 Toe Nail VD * 1107
76 Side Foot S 4a 18
77 Footprint VD * 726
78 Nose Direct HVD ** 1006
79 Director VS 4c * 763
80 High Buttress Arete Direct HVD * 295
81 High Buttress Arete D *** 2236
82 Heather Face HVD 641
83 Broken Cracks HD 79
84 Rib and Slab M 694
  Buttress Two
86 Buttress Two Gully M * 892
87 Not Cricket HVD 61
88 Leg Stump D * 898
89 Middle and Leg D * 1049
90 Centre HVD 3c * 1020
91 Squashed Finger HVD * 872
92 Struggle VS 4c 644
93 Corner Crack VD * 1283
94 Face up HS 4b 25
95 Aged Crack Alternative Start VD 76
96 Aged Crack S 4a * 1208
97 Traditional HS 4a * 1039
98 Broken Groove Arete HS 4b * 126
99 Broken Groove D * 1018
100 Cheek VS 5a * 311
  Buttress One
102 Face Route 2 D 704
103 Face Route 1 HVD * 700
104 First's Arete VD * 791
105 Side Face HVD 3c 682
  South Buttress
107 Overhanging Arete VD 409
108 Leg Up VS 5a 350
109 Route 2 VS 4b 610
110 Route 1.5 VS 4c * 393
111 Editor's Note VS 5a * 298
112 South Buttress Arete Direct E1 5b 350
113 Route 1 superdirect E1 5a * 27
114 Route 1 - Left hand variation VS 4c 38
115 Route 1 - Right hand variation HVS 5a 52
116 Route 1 HS 4a 459
117 South Buttress Crack M * 692
118 W.H.Face S 4a 19
119 Left Triplet Crack M 588
120 Middle Triplet Crack S 3c 509
121 Right Triplet Crack S 4a 493
122 Overlapping Wall S 4a 415
123 Groove M 261
124 Discontinuous Rib and Groove M 80

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