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Rural urbanite? Fancy the great outdoors, livestock, fresh-air but do not have that special someone to enjoy it all with? Then look no further because is the online dating site for you.  Since March, 2007, Muddy Matches has been “connecting country-minded people, countryside online dating and friendship.” Muddy Matches really is a niche-dating site. If you prefer wellies to stilettos and open space to city life you must check out this site. Lucy and Emma Reeves came up with the idea back in 2006 in a pub in London. They thought there was a market for a fun easy-going website that catered to people who share a love for the country way of life. Since that day Lucy and Emma were determined and filled with excitement to bring together rural lonely hearts.  Not only does Muddy Matches deliver affordable countryside online dating, the site also provides rural social events across the UK and Ireland. What is even better about this particular site is that the ratio of females to males is quite even, and of course no one is fearful of a little mud.

Your Profile

There is no money involved to create your basic profile and it takes under a minute. Once you have confirmed your email (it is an extremely fast activation process), you are free to search your potential muddy matches. Of course if you want anyone to notice you and take you seriously, do fill in your profile thoughtfully and upload a couple of photos. At Muddy Matches all profiles are checked before being approved to make sure all members are truly genuine. This is a real plus in the online dating world. The approval process can take up to 24 hours but usually it is much less. Creating your profile is standard compared to any other dating website. You also say if you are looking for friendship, dating, or even both. However, what Muddy Matches does have that makes it special is your Muddy to Townie ratio to let others know how muddy you really are. This helps narrow down your search and whoever else is looking for someone like you.  If you don’t know your Muddy to Townie ratio, and how many people really do, you have two options.

1. Take the Muddy test.

2. Look at the Simple Yardstick.  This is a simple paragraph that breaks down your ratio very succinct and concise for you.

How it Works

As a free member you are permitted to carry out unlimited searches, add your profile, upload photos, see who has visited your profile, select your favourites, see who has sent you a message and receive email alerts. However, if you want to read and send emails you must register and pay the fee. If you make friends and don’t want to lose contact just add them to your favourites. If you meet someone who you really do not want to talk and are uncomfortable telling him or her, you can add that individual to you blocked list. Also note that compared to other online dating sites you do not have the option of winking to communicate. If you are interested in someone you actually have to write an email. No matter how long or short the message is, on Muddy Matches you will say something.

Your Search

The navigation system to search is easy and basic. You fill in the age range you are looking for, what type of person you would like, region, and if you would like to see someone with photos. You can search members who were most recently online, newest members, most recently updated profile, and your Muddy to Townie ratio.

In the advanced search you have choices from relationships, appearance, lifestyle background, interests, and its extensive the choices you have within the subjects.


A countryside social events calendar and a muddy events calendar are included on this site. The most popular event is the Mud Lovers Ball. There are interesting and helpful time saving features when you first sign up for Muddy Matches. Because Muddy Matches is for country minded people who are not into the hectic city life, it is not surprising there is no mobile phone app for this site.


As of 1st December 2010, the prices are:

£18.00 1 Month

£36. 00 (£12.00 per month) 3 Months – billed as one single payment

£54.00 (£9.00 per month) 6 Months – billed as one single payment

£72.00 (£6.00 per month) 12 Months – billed as one single payment

“Please note that these prices include VAT so there are no hidden surprises and, more importantly, we will NOT automatically rebill you at the end of your chosen membership period – that’s just rude!”

Telina’s Tips

1. Being a smaller niche-dating site, the benefit here is that there are fewer problems with scammers and fake profiles because those type of people prefer to target larger dating sites and people not muddy minded individuals.

2. Muddy Matches doesn’t publish anywhere how many members there are on the site. You may want to thoroughly search members to see if you would want to date or be-friend a couple of them before you pay money to join.

3. If you are looking for a match the same sex as you, there are a number of gay men but not many lesbians.