Personal Information


Chiz Dakin


Banks Mill Studios, 71 Bridge St








07812 001505

Email Address


Specialist Activities

walking, cycling, wild-camping, photography, writing, timelapse, Tour de Peak District

Specialist Areas

Lake District, Peak District, Yorks Dales, Snowdonia, Cotswolds,
Rest of UK (generally hilly or coastal areas),
Polar Regions (Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Antarctica, South Georgia),
Southern Regions (Falkland Isles, Australia, New Zealand)

Professional Details

Short Biography

Chiz Dakin is an award-winning freelance photographer and writer with particular interest in outdoor themes such as walking, cycling, landscape photography, adventure sports and travel.

She has authored or contributed to seven published books so far on themes from cycling to photography and video-making. She writes walking routes on a regular basis for Trail magazine and articles on outdoors themes for various other magazines and supplies additional images to publishers to illustrate other writer’s work.

She has developed the challenging 3-5 day “Tour de Peak District” long distance cycling route (255km/150miles) taking the “nicest nearest line to the Peak District National Park boundary” for her “Cycling in the Peak District” guidebook. This is a gravel bike route which verges on MTB territory, but has a road-based alternative for the off-road sections where they get more challenging than Sustrans-like gravel tracks.

Writing, photography and short video commissions welcome.

Images can be licenced directly from Chiz through her Photoshelter account (

Professional Activities

writing (many outdoor themes, but particularly walking, cycling, wild-camping, campervanning), photography

Recent Publications

One of the 50 authors who contributed to Cicerone’s 50 Years of Adventure (Cicerone Press, January 2019)
Top 10 walks to Peak District Viewpoints (Northern Eye, Nov 2018)
Top 10 walks in the Peak District (Northern Eye, Nov 2018 – co-authored with Dennis Kelsall)
Cycling in the Peak District 2nd Edition (Cicerone, July 2017)
Cycling in the Cotswolds (Cicerone, April 2014, reprinted 2017)
Outdoors Photography (with fellow OWPG member Jon Sparks), (Cicerone, Aug 2011)
Understanding HD Video (Ammonite, Oct 2012)

Contributor to AA 50 walks in the Cotswolds
Main contributor to AA 50 walks in the Peak District (2018)

Trail Magazine – frequent contributor to walking routes from Jan 2010 onwards
Active Travelller – Hut to Hut Across Slovenia (On Foot Special Summer 2016)
Outdoor Enthusiast – front cover image (Nov/Dec 2014), Alpine Adventure (May-June 2016)
TGO Magazine – article words and photography, “Ed Byrne Learns Photography”, (photography tuition), front cover image (April 2013), “Should I stay or Should I go” (Jan 2015), “Land of Ice and Spires – Patagonia” (Nov 2015)
Outdoor Focus – various articles from 2008 onwards
Picture Business Review – front cover image


Short-listed Outdoor Photographer of the Year (World Wildlife Category) 2011
OWPG Award for excellence in Photography 2008

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