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


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.
Just to the north is the village of Kettleshulme where you could visit The Swan Inn. The historic pub dates back to the 15th Century and includes timber beams and an open log fire in Winter. There are two outdoor patio areas for warmer weather. You can find them at postcode SK23 7QU. They also provide car parking.
The Kettleshulme Walk starts from the village and takes you up to the rocks if you would prefer to start from there.

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.


Fivelane-ends - - 1704156

Fivelane-ends. Taken from Windgather Rocks. The crag was featured in the first guide to rock climbing in thePeak District,Some Gritstone Climbs, published in 1913 and written byJohn Laycock.

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Windgather Rocks Viewed from path to Taxal Edge

Windgather rocks, top to bottom - - 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 - - 1623498

Wonderful view looking north from the rocks.

Rhododendrons on Taxal Moor - - 1355613

Rhododendrons on Taxal Moor. This view is looking north from Taxal Edge towards Whaley Bridge on a fine Sunday in mid June. This area is located just north of the rocks.

Looking down from Taxal Edge - - 1802007

Looking down from Taxal Edge. Derbyshire/Cheshire border.

Path on the edge of Ladbitch Wood - - 2442331

Path on the edge of Ladbitch Wood, just east of the rocks. Ladbitch is part of the Goyt Forest.

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Goyt Forest. The view south of the rocks.


GPS Files

GPX File

Windgather Rocks.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Windgather Rocks.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)