Altitude 408m a.s.l
Sunset at Windgather Rocks © Jake
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.
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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