Countryside love dating

Whether you live in the middle of a city or a remote rural hamlet, if you want to meet someone who shares your passion for the countryside, we're here to help.

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Still, we spent our first date at a local beach overlooked by someone I knew who was out cantering her pony through the waves.

That’s dating in the countryside in a nutshell: it brings its own unique challenges, and takes an acquired sense of humour, but at heart it’s the same messy, wavering quest for love as anywhere else.

I soon realised that it was a world apart from the scene at my agricultural college, or the Jilly Cooper romance anticipated by my city-bound friends.

The dating narratives of millennial memoirs and magazine columns centre around Uber rides and pop-up restaurants and cocktails on rooftop terraces, so much so that it can be easy to forget that singletons in rural areas are also swiping right and left, and being set up by their friends, in the hope of finding love (or something like it).

54 - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Seriously intelligent, educated, sexy and not too serious! So, I'm smart, funny and sexy, but not in that order. Following a campaigning 'lonely hearts' feature back in 1997, our office was inundated with mail from country-dwelling singles looking for love.

Incredibly, it is 20 years since Country Living first launched its unique dating service, which was based on this simple premise: that if you live and work on the land, it can be especially hard to find a partner.

In those early days, our dedicated team acted as match-makers by passing on letters between those who wrote in.

The hard work paid off - not only did our endeavours bring hundreds of people together, our initiative also became an award-winning TV series.

It’s not uncommon to date someone who has previously dated your friends.

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