Stanage Plantation has a superb array of routes, including many great classics across the grades, as well as lots of lovely discrete spots for a bit of peace and quiet. The area has a lovely ambience when you first pop out of the trees and, as it unfolds in front of you, it is obvious that this whole section of Stanage is somewhere rather special. The delights on offer here are displayed less extravagantly than The Popular End but there are enough high quality routes for a great many visits.
The Plantation Boulders are immensely popular and the area is almost always busy, often even more so than the main cliff.
The edge faces southwest and catches the sun from the mid-morning onwards. This means it can get very hot in summer. The boulders are slow to dry due to their lower position and proximity to the plantation; they are best avoided for a while after rain. Midges can be a problem in the late spring and summer when the wind drops.
The Plantation Parking (often with tea wagon) is the usual staring place - the Pay and Display area has room for a hundred or so vehicles - it is rarely full. A flagged path leads up towards the trees. Stay with the path for everywhere between Count's Buttress and Calvary, branch right and cut through the trees for Paradise Wall, Millsom's Minion and the Unconquerables areas.