John 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 lake 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, John decided to move to the countryside and work as an area organiser and estate worker for Oxfam.
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 on his own for around two years. John 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 John 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.
After he retired in 1986, he focused on continuing his writings, soon having a number of publications and contributions to TV and Radio scripts on or about the lakes. His works themselves are usually autobiographical, such as "Reflections on the Lakes" or guidebooks such as "Cumbria: The Lake district and its County".
List of books
Some of his more famous works include:
The Bliss of Solitude: A Conservationalist's Tour of the Lakes, ISBN 1873551010
Cumbria: The Lake District and its County, ISBN 0709074409
Lake District National Park (Guidebook), ISBN 0863501338
National Parks of England And Wales, ISBN 0863501559
Reflections on the Lakes ISBN 0902363832
The Story of a Man Who Went Back to Nature, ISBN 0099218615