Climbs 151
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 408m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Sunset at Windgather Rocks © Jake

Crag features

Windgather is one of the friendliest and most popular crags in the Peak District. The tasty grades and abundance of holds on most routes mean that most people will be able to climb something here no matter how tall, short, young, old or unfit they are. Curiously though the routes can feel a little run out. This is also the case on the crag top where solid belays are often hard to find.

Considering that the cliff has been popular for a hundred years, it is in remarkable condition, please do your bit and see if we can get another hundred years out of the place.

Looking out toward the west, the cliff is inclined to catch any weather that is going, though this exposed aspect keeps the cliff free from lichen, and also helps it to dry immediately after rain. Windgather is at its most delightful on warm summer evenings when the setting can be enjoyed to the full.

Approach notes

Windgather is situated above the minor road that leads south from the B5470 on the western edge of Kettleshulme. There is parking by the road below the cliff for a dozen or so cars, and from here access takes a couple of minutes via a fenced track. If the parking is full, park back up the road by the old quarry or consider a visit to Castle Naze.

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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.
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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- 5
3 Secundus V0- 7
4 Tertius VB 7
5 Quartus V0+ 6
6 Point VB 17
7 EZE Wall VB 21
8 EZE Crack VB 20
9 Gunn VS 5a * 20
10 Aside D 32
11 Bulge VS 5a * 18
12 Slant Crack D 25
13 Peter Gunn HS 4b 18
14 Cave Left V0- 28
15 Cave Central V2 5
16 Pure Crackling V1 * 27
17 Midway V1 * 23
  Leaning Slab Area
19 Wall V0- 7
20 Slab V0- 6
21 Groovy V0- 6
  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 30
32 Wrinkled Right Crack V0- 29
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 6
39 Pocket V3 13
40 Edge V3 12
41 Windgather Bop V4 14
42 Smooth Wall V4 5
43 Bay Wall S 4a * 97
44 Bay Wall Direct VS 4c * 26
45 Christmas Nose VS 5a 45
46 Red Nose Route D 56
47 The Y-axis * V4 * 1
48 Christmas Arête HS 4b 79
49 Christmas Slab VS 5a * 42
50 Squeeze * V3 * 1
51 Play VB 28
52 Two Fingers V0- 21
53 Wackgather Bulge V2 * 31
54 Wackgather Pockets V2 7
Climb name Grade
  North Buttress
56 Girdle Traverse S 4b 28
57 The Rib VS 5a * 577
58 The Rib Right-hand HVD 4a 816
59 The Staircase M * 1392
60 Green Slab S 4b * 872
61 Black Slab S 4a * 890
62 Green Crack S 4a ** 1638
63 North Buttress Arête Direct VS 5a ** 1003
64 North Buttress Arête S 4a * 950
65 Chimney and Crack VD * 807
66 NOT Broken Cracks VD 38
67 Heather Buttress D 777
  Middle Buttress
69 Taller Overhang VS 5a 424
70 Small Wall S 4b 1015
71 Small Wall Arête VB 41
72 The Other Corner M 661
73 Portfolio HVS 5a * 1083
74 Wall Climb HVD * 1509
75 Wall Climb Variation HS 4b 102
76 Centre Route S 4a * 1138
77 The Slant Start HVD * 628
78 Boiled Owl HVD 26
79 Chockstone Chimney D * 1801
80 Mississippi Crack S 4a ** 2355
81 Mississippi Crack Variant VD ** 258
82 The Medicine S 4a * 995
83 Middle Buttress Arête VD * 1228
  High Buttress
85 Less Bulging Arête VD 22
86 Bulging Arête S 4a 665
87 The Corner M * 1315
88 Toe Nail VD * 1329
89 Zigzag D * 574
90 Side Foot S 4a 44
91 Footprint VD * 860
92 Nose Direct HVD ** 1233
93 Director VS 4b * 919
94 High Buttress Arête Direct HVD * 375
95 High Buttress Arête D *** 2691
96 Heather Face HVD 740
97 Broken Cracks HD 88
  Buttress Two
99 Rib and Slab M 825
100 Buttress Two Gully M * 1045
101 Not Cricket HVD 78
102 Leg Stump D * 1047
103 Middle and Leg D * 1264
104 Centre HVD 3c * 1185
105 Squashed Finger HVD * 1041
106 Struggle VS 4c 752
107 Corner Crack VD * 1569
108 Face Up HS 4b 34
109 Aged Crack Alternative Start VD 82
Climb name Grade
110 Aged Crack S 4a * 1468
111 Traditional HS 4a * 1257
112 Broken Groove Arête HS 4b * 162
113 Broken Groove D * 1186
114 Cheek VS 5a * 355
  Buttress One
116 Face Route 2 D 836
117 Face Route 1 HVD * 796
118 First's Arête VD * 923
119 Side Face HVD 3c 777
  South Buttress
121 Overhanging Arête VD 487
122 Leg Up VS 5a 394
123 Route 2 VS 4b 713
124 Route 1.5 VS 4c * 448
125 Editor's Note VS 5a * 350
126 South Buttress Arête Direct E1 5b 381
127 Route 1 - Left-hand Variation VS 4c 44
128 Route 1 HS 4a 533
129 Route 1 - Right-hand Variation HVS 5a 58
130 Route 1 - Superdirect E1 5a * 37
131 South Buttress Crack M * 825
132 W.H.Face S 4a 27
133 Left Triplet Crack M 698
134 Middle Triplet Crack S 3c 583
135 Right Triplet Crack S 4a 576
136 Overlapping Wall S 4a 493
137 Groove M 347
138 Discontinuous Rib and Groove M 97
  Windgather Quarry
140 Quarry Traverse VB 259
141 Polished Steps VB 70
142 Polished Steps and Overlap VB 74
143 Shallow Corner VB 59
144 Cornflake VB 13
145 Steep Wall VB 73
146 Arête VB 65
147 The Sentry Box VB 51
148 Face Route VB 47
149 High Steps VB 43
150 Cave Diversion VB 37
151 Two Steep Walls VB 44
152 Small Overhang VB 41
153 Easy Arête VB 42
154 Wall and Arête VB 41
155 Dirty Corner VB 44
156 Narrow Eliminate VB 16
157 Groove VB 46
158 Stepped Wall VB 47
159 Face Climb VB 49
160 Face Crack VB 21
161 Red Eliminate V0 20
162 Red Wall VB 54
163 Right Arête VB 49
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