John Wyatt M.B.E (1925-2006) was a British writer. He was the first Ranger for the Lake District National Park, and commonly detailed life in the lake district in his books
Wyatt was born in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1925, son of a cotton mill Overlooker. He spent his early years living in the area and began his working life as a copy boy for a Manchester-based newspaper. His first experience in the Lakelands was during his years in the 3rd Ashton Scout Group, on a camping trip above Windermere. He later said, "Somehow I felt as if I belonged. It was Overwhelming. It was almost as if I had returned home after a long absence".He left school at the age of 15 and went to work as a copy boy in the Manchester Office of the Daily Telegraph. During World War II, Wyatt join the Royal Navy where he worked as a radio operator. Finally returning to his work after the war, Wyatt decided to move to the countryside and he became a forestry worker and campsite warden at Great Tower, Windermere.
Wyatt became the park ranger in the Lake District national park in 1961, as the park introduced new regulations to cope with increasing tourism in the area. This made him the first Ranger for the park, having to patrol practically all of the Lakeland's 866 square miles (2,200 km2) on his own for around two years. Wyatt was set to work monitoring footpaths, checking up on local farmers and points of interest and delivering lectures on the locality. However, later in 1963 the Lakes hired another ranger to help, with Wyatt being assigned to the northern parts of the park. Later still, in 1970s, the park hired more rangers and so, in 1973, he was declared chief ranger, where his work became more and more administrative.] He was given an M.B.E at the same time in acknowledgement for his work for the National Park.