Look up the slope towards Reynard’s Cave – you can’t miss the large stone arch. Georgian tourists were also enticed here by the natural beauty of the Dove Dale.
Picknickers in Dovedale, was sketched in pencil and ink by John Nixon (c.1750-1818). It shows five figures (one of which is Nixon) enjoying a picnic under the arch of Reynard’s Cave.
The inked inscription in the bottom left reads:
3 Miss Johnsons of Loughborogh, J.N. and Jaspar Atkinson at Dinner in Dove Dale, Derbyshire
To arrive at their picnic spot these five must have climbed the steep scree path up to the cave, no doubt a tricky task in a long dress! They would probably have been accompanied by a guide, who may even have had the unenviable task of lugging up their picnic.