This was also the experience of Lucy Reeves, from Northamptonshire, who founded Muddy Matches in 2007, aged 25, with her sister Emma, who was 27 at the time.
Lindsay tried networking the traditional country way – attending rural events such as the Sheep Dog Trials at Northleach in Gloucestershire, but she struggled to persuade her London friends to accompany her, and when she did, the group never met anyone new.“There are farmers – we also host Farmers Weekly magazine’s dating site – horsey people, shooting types and dog lovers as well as a large number of country-minded folk who live in towns.” A tongue-in-cheek multiple-choice quiz on the site calculates a user’s muddy-townie ratio with questions such as “Where would your ideal house be? “People use it when they’re out at work or on their combine harvester; messages have got shorter; people are 'chatting’ rather than emailing; it’s all much more immediate,” Lucy says.One member, Richard, found his girlfriend Valerie five miles away, by searching for local users.We're one of the oldest and best-known dating communities on the web, and we have a unique, and very popular, secret weapon our intelligent two-way matching feature.We have helped thousands of people meet women and men alike, and launched thousands of happy and lasting relationships. Join Telegraph Dating now and let us help you find that special someone.She has already exchanged messages with a couple of “cute” guys and is looking forward to test-driving the Get Muddy app at the Country Life Fair.
“It’s exciting seeing who has looked at your profile.” Lucy recommends she post a flattering and clear photograph of herself on to her profile and includes brief details such as her location and age.
“So we decided on an event-based app, as that’s the way people socialise in the country.” In 2006, when the Reeves sisters decided to give online dating a go – secretly, because the notion of finding love with a stranger via the internet had only recently started to lose its stigma – they failed to find a dating site aimed at young, country-minded singles.
“Rural internet dating sites were all very much Last Chance Saloon; images of two badgers disappearing off into the sunset — that kind of thing,” Lucy explains.
Lindsay, whose muddy-townie ratio is , says her ideal match is blond, blue-eyed, business-minded and really funny.
“Hopefully he’ll do sport – cricket or shooting – but most importantly he has to love animals,” she says.
Muddy Matches now has more than 100,000 members and Lucy has stopped counting the weddings, although the total has reached well over a thousand.