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 12
3EZE WallVB 17
4EZE CrackVB 16
5GunnVS 5a *15
6AsideD 2 22
7BulgeVS 5a *13
8Slant CrackD 19
9Peter GunnHS 4b 12
10Cave LeftV0- 17
11Pure CracklingV1 *17
12MidwayV1 *13
14Papgather arÍteV0- 15
15Left Quarry CrackVB 6
16North Bay CrackV2 *5
17North Quarry Right CrackV0- 9
19Nigel PleaseVB 19
20Arete and crackV0- 19
21Pwon Fri RiV2 22
22Wrinkled left crackV0 20
23Wrinkled right crackV0- 21
24SlabbaV0+ 19
25Wrinkled groove areteVB 19
27HexenV5 6
28GrooveV4 10
29Rib DirectV3 3
30PocketV3 6
31EdgeV3 6
32Windgather BopV4 9
33Smooth WallV4 4
34Bay WallS 4a *85
35Bay Wall DirectVS 4c *20
36Christmas NoseVS 5a 38
37Red Nose RouteD 51
38Christmas AreteHS 4b 70
39Christmas SlabVS 5a *37
40PlayVB 17
41Two FingersV0- 11
42Wackgather BulgeV2 *18
 North Buttress 
44Girdle TraverseS 4b 28
45The RibVS 5a 461
46The Rib Right-handHVD 4a 655
47The StaircaseM *1133
48Green SlabS 4b *685
49Black SlabHVD *659
50Green CrackS 4a **1243
51North Buttress Arete DirectVS 5a **764
52North Buttress AreteHVD 4a 734
53Chimney and CrackVD 648
54Heather ButtressD 602
 Middle Buttress 
56Taller OverhangVS 5a 357
57Small WallS 4b 852
58Small Wall AreteVB 20
59The Other CornerM 550
60PortfolioHVS 5b *909
61Wall Climb VariationHS 4b 80
62Wall ClimbHVD *1214
63The Slant StartHVD 503
64Central RouteS 4a *851
65Chockstone ChimneyD *1423
66Mississippi CrackS 4a **1785
67Mississippi Crack VariantVD **223
68The MedicineHS 4a *749
69Middle Buttress AreteVD *931
 High Buttress 
71Less Bulging AreteVD 7
72Bulging AreteS 4a 563
73The CornerD 1039
74ZigzagD *463
75Toe NailVD *1023
76Side FootS 4a 10
77FootprintVD *677
78Nose DirectHVD **923
79DirectorVS 4c *699
80High Buttress Arete DirectHVD *266
81High Buttress AreteD **2050
82Heather FaceHVD *591
83Broken CracksHD 78
84Rib and SlabM 642
 Buttress Two 
86Buttress Two GullyM *827
87Not CricketHVD 54
88Leg StumpD *834
89Middle and LegD *984
90CentreHVD 3c *964
91Squashed FingerHVD *817
92StruggleVS 4c 591
93Corner CrackVD *1203
94Face upHS 4b 21
95Aged Crack Alternative StartVD 67
96Aged CrackS 4a *1137
97TraditionalHS 4a *975
98Broken Groove AreteHS 4b *121
99Broken GrooveD *961
100CheekVS 5a 300
 Buttress One 
102Face Route 2D 665
103Face Route 1HVD *660
104First's AreteVD *749
105Side FaceS 4a 649
 South Buttress 
107Overhanging AreteVD 388
108Leg UpVS 4b 326
109Route 2VS 4b 553
110Route 1.5HVS 4c *369
111Editor's NoteVS 5a *275
112South Buttress Arete DirectE1 5b 321
113Route 1 superdirectE1 5a *27
114Route 1 - Left hand variationVS 4c 37
115Route 1 - Right hand variationHVS 5a 52
116Route 1HS 4a 430
117South CrackD *659
118W.H.FaceS 4a 13
119Left Triplet CrackM 552
120Middle Triplet CrackS 4a 479
121Right Triplet CrackS 4a 459
122Overlapping WallS 4a 392
123GrooveM 242
124Discontinuous Rib and GrooveM 71

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