OPINION Kym Martindale

NWR Issue 104

In Pursuit of Spring

In 1913, the poet Edward Thomas cycled west, from London to Kilve, Somerset, in search of spring. He wrote that he found spring above Kilve, on Cothelstone Hill… gazing still further west to Wales. Wales was just a ‘blueness’ through a ‘low-arched rainbow’, beyond the Mendips, Steep Holm and Flat Holm ‘resting like clouds’ on the sea; like them, it was unreal, and yet for Thomas, ‘much more’, where perhaps the quest really might end…
or where it might begin.

In 2013, I ride in pursuit of Thomas...

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