Low Mountains or High Tea


Low Mountains or High Tea

Misadventures in Britain's National Parks

Steve Sieberson

296 pages


September 2019


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About the Book

When Steve Sieberson and his wife unexpectedly found themselves in Britain with an entire summer on their hands, they readily agreed to avoid the usual tourist attractions, opting instead for a road trip to the UK’s far-flung national parks. As they set out, however, he envisioned bracing days of energetic hillwalking, while she assumed they would relax in tearooms and cozy pubs.

Seldom planning more than a few days in advance, the two traversed the country in a rented Vauxhall, subjecting themselves to single-track lanes, diabolical signage, and whimsical advice from locals. They discovered a town called Mirthless, a place where cats’ eyes are removed, and a vibrating cottage, while at mealtimes they dove fearlessly into black pudding, Eton mess, and barely recognizable enchiladas. Meanwhile, after their initial attempts at hiking together nearly ended in disaster, Sieberson received dispensation to scramble alone to the highest point in each national park—as long as he was quick about it and left plenty of time for more sedentary pursuits. Low Mountains or High Tea dishes up the charms and eccentricities of rural Great Britain as seen through the eyes of two Americans who never really knew what was coming next.

Author Bio

Steve Sieberson is an adventurer, mountaineer, and travel writer. Educated in both literature and law, he roamed the world as an international lawyer practicing in Seattle, and is now a professor of international law at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha. He is the author of The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler (Nebraska, 2014). 


“Steve Sieberson’s delightful follow-up to his first book follows the author and his wife, ‘the Italian Woman,’ as they set off on a grand tour of Britain’s national parks. Fans of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun will love Low Mountains or High Tea. With a sharp eye for details of culture, climate, and landscape—along with a dash of good humor—Steve Sieberson has written a book every armchair traveler will fall for.”—Brent Spencer, author of Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son’s Search for His Father

Table of Contents

1. The Best-Laid Plans
2. Multifarious Puddings
3. Baby Steps and Buttertubs
4. The Hard Way Down
5. Searching for Urra Moor
6. Joke-a-Fone
7. Stare-Down on a Lonely Road
8. No Trace of Janet Leigh
9. Of Daffodils and the Silent W
10. Bad Mice and Blind Cats
11. A View to Five Lands
12. Wet Wool and Flavored Tea
13. A Sweet Mess
14. Embracing the Velar Fricative
15. Tilted Bogs and Cold Toast
16. Sensory Overload
17. One Brief, Shining Moment
18. Close Encounters
19. Passing through the Kingdom
20. Dancing in the Streets
21. Don’t Talk about the Troubles
22. Twelve Days on a Bus
23. Return to the Horseshoe
24. Losing It
25. Reunion
26. Wandering in a Fog
27. No Beach Access
28. Mainly in the Plain
29. It Ends in a Car Park
Epilogue: High Point Tally
Study Guide: Did You Read the Whole Book?

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