Start Dating country women

Dating country women

Young Farmers is still going strong: Anna Skilbeck, 23, a farm conservation adviser, has been a Young Farmers member since she was 14 and met her boyfriend Jamie at a Young Farmers party.

Muddy Matches is an online community designed to bring together rural lonely hearts (see below).

"The downside of hunt balls and race meets is they can be cliquey," Lucy says.

But according to Patricia Warren, a farmer's wife from Derbyshire who runs the Country Bureau, a rural introduction agency, the country dating scene can be bleak, whatever age you are.

"Communities are small and people work long hours," she says. "I've gone to so many hunt balls this year, I've become a bit of a joke among my friends.

"There are amazing men out there who want a wife and children but feel as if they've been sitting on a tractor for the last 10 years and haven't met anyone." Charlotte, however, is socially proactive. But it's rare to be introduced to a new face and even if I am, the likelihood is that they'll know my friends." For many rural communities, the hunt ball is an annual highlight, organised ostensibly to raise money for the local hunt, but presenting locals with a rare opportunity to dress up and swing each other around on the dance floor.

"I'd never go to one on my own," Charlotte says, "but as long as I have a wingman, I'm fine." This is exactly the right approach, according to dating expert Mary Balfour.

Party-goers stay in nearby hotels and can join a pre-ball activity and a hearty walk the following day.

This year's ball in Sywell, Northamptonshire, on May 22 has a "black tie with a muddy twist" dress code.

"When they ask me why I'm single, I never know how to respond," she says. Here in the country people wonder what's wrong with you.

But I'd rather be on my own than with someone who isn't quite right.

Simon also crunched the numbers from the 2016 Census and told us where - statistically speaking - you’re more likely to find a single man or woman in Australia.