Peter John Watson

Writer • Photographer • Adventurer

Peter John Watson is a writer, photographer and founder of outdoor travel blog Atlas & Boots. A keen trekker and climber he can usually be found on the trails of the Greater Ranges. He’s visited over 80 countries and is currently focused on climbing the seven summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Four down, three to go...

Peter's work has been featured by BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Cicerone Guides, The Guardian, Outside Magazine, Rough Guides, Wanderlust, Vogue and Atlas Obscura.

Peter has co-authored two short instructional travel guidebooks and contributed to three of Lonely Planet's annual Best In Travel anthologies. He is currently working on his debut novel.

Peter is also an experienced landscape, food and interior photographer. His clients include tourism boards, luxury hotels and Dina Begum's recipe book Brick Lane Cookbook.


Born in a not-quite dystopian 1984 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, for 15 years Peter fell asleep to the sound of the North Sea. In 2003 Peter moved to Cambridge to study film and music at Anglia Ruskin University. After graduating he freelanced for several years as a camera operator and audiovisual engineer. After gaining his teaching qualification in 2007, Peter moved to London where he taught creative media and computer science at an East London secondary school.

In 2014, Peter founded outdoor travel blog Atlas & Boots, now read by over 250,000 people a month. Today, he lives in the Yorkshire Dales town of Richmond and spends his time writing and editing photography from the far-flung locations he visits for Atlas & Boots.

Peter is happiest in the outdoors, poring over maps or watching test match cricket. Other than climbing the seven summits, his ‘life to-do list’ includes sailing the Atlantic Ocean, visiting at least half the states in the world and delivering an after-dinner speech.