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It's a famous, but not necessarily true story that at the Battle of Waterloo, one unfortunate blueblood had his leg plucked off by a cannonball. Bemused by this turn of events, he commented to the Duke of Wellington - "By God, sir, I've lost my leg." The Iron Duke confirmed it for him - "By God, sir, so you have."
Similarly there may be times on a date where you feel similarly legless, in which case a) stop drinking, and b) revert to more chivalrous Cheltenham dating ideas:
• For a free dating experience to die for, share a bottle of Pimms in Pitville Park with one of your matches, and watch the peacocks and cute furry gerbils as you tuck into a picnic.
• Take a drive up to the beautiful old town of Winchcombe, and go for a walk around the grounds of Sudeley Castle. See if you can find the old Roman mosaic, left open to the elements in a secluded wood (Hint: It's on a map).
• Splash the cash on Montpellier, by far the wealthiest area of Cheltenham (and that's saying something). More budget meals, as ever, can be found on the High Street, or in one of the many lovely country pubs (try for a quiz night for real atmosphere).
• Take one of your free to review matches out to enjoy an annual event, whether the many famous (and infamous authors) of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Gold Cup at Cheltenham Racecourse, or even the slightly more proletarian cheese rolling at Cooper's Hill, an ancient, lunatic and oh-so-watchable tradition which often *officially* doesn't happen.
Now, despite having something of a reputation in Gloucestershire (and England even), Cheltenham is not as posh as everyone thinks, even if it does like to insist on the 'Spa' ending. In fact, despite having once been considered the most fashionable place after London, there are plenty of down-to-earth folk to mingle with here.
While posh Cheltenham singles from the town's top private schools are more often than not as lovely as anyone else, the price of excessive privilege is, fairly enough, excessive mockery. But, without further ado, eHarmony advises you to leave your airs, graces and pre-assumptions behind and plunge into the real world of online dating in Cheltenham Spa.