GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Windgather Rocks

6 miles (10 km)

This walk visits this interesting gritstonecrag which is popular with rock climbers. There are fascinating geological rock formations and wonderful views over the Peak District to enjoy.
The walk starts from Whaley Bridge, near the train train station in the town. You then follow footpaths around the pretty Toddbrook Reservoir before climbing to Taxal Moor. From here you can enjoy super views back towards Whaley Bridge and the reservoir. The final section takes you along Taxal Edge to the rocks where you can enjoy splendid views over the surrounding countryside.
The walk can be extended by continuing south to Shining Tor and Cats Tor. It's a great ridge walk with more wide ranging views.
Also nearby are Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoirs where you can enjoy waterside trails.

Windgather Rocks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Windgather Rocks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

After your walk head to the The White Hart pub on Market St in Whaley Bridge (postcode SK23 7HN). It's a popular and friendly pub with a beer garden overlooking the stream.
The Cock is another really good option and can be found on Buxton Road at postcode SK23 7JE. It has a nice interior and a beer garden to relax in during the warmer months.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a couple of miles to the south west there's a nice circular trail to follow around Lamaload Reservoir. There's easy waterside paths and pleasant woodland trails in this quiet area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks and the Cheshire Walks pages.

Photos

Fivelane-ends - geograph.org.uk - 1704156

Fivelane-ends. Taken from Windgather Rocks.

Windgather Rocks - geograph.org.uk - 1490186

Windgather Rocks Viewed from path to Taxal Edge

Windgather rocks, top to bottom - geograph.org.uk - 1079503

The rocks from top to bottom. Looking up the gritstone crag from below. Popular with climbers despite being only "short". The overhang centre-left provides the crux to "Portfolio", the most famous climb on the crag.

Windgather Rocks - View looking north - geograph.org.uk - 1623498

Wonderful view looking north from the rocks.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Windgather Rocks.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)