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Hi I’m Sophie, Interim Editor of Muddy Herts & Beds. I’m taking the reins while the wonderful Katrina is off on Maternity leave. But don’t worry, you’re in safe hands. I’ve written news for the Independent, and worked as Managing Editor of luxury magazine Spear’s (which came with its fair share of high-end reviewing gigs all over the world).

My heart has always been in the fields, villages and pubs of the countryside and after a good stint in the Big Smoke, my husband and I have headed back to the Muddy heartland of Herts & Bed where we spend much of our time walking Juno the Crazy Spaniel, gardening, or chilling out with mates in the pub.

Herts and Beds have so much to offer, from the rolling Chiltern Hills and canal and reservoir networks to picturesque market towns playing host to chic pop-ups, independent boutiques and restaurants as well as a thriving arts scene, with theatre, exhibitions and festivals that stand up against some of London’s finest. So where better to celebrate that than in Muddy Stilettos, the ultimate urban guide to the countryside?

Now in 24 counties, Muddy’s success has not gone unnoticed, reaching the Finals of the prestigious Major/Drum Awards for Best Newcomer 2018, and named as Digital Pioneers and Countryside Champions 2018 in a national newspaper, too – impressive stuff!

This is the Muddy Mantra, so you know what to expect from the site:

  1. I try everything out myself so that you can fully trust my opinions. On the occasions that I haven’t been somewhere myself (for example, an event that hasn’t happened yet – I’m not a miracle worker!) I let you know about it.
  2. Muddy Stilettos is a commercial site and accepts advertising and payment to feature products and brands. However, I believe passionately in only working with brands that share my ethos and are relevant to my readers. I retain editorial control and independence at all times.
  3. I accept tickets to free shows, festivals, restaurants, events etc with the purpose of reviewing or publicising them on Muddy Stilettos Herts, as I’m sure you appreciate it’s pretty expensive zipping around trying stuff out all the time. Hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars – if you want me to try you out, please get in touch at or via twitter @muddyhertsbeds.
  4. I’ll never write a nasty review. I’m not into trashing people, brands or companies. BUT if you’re not good enough, I will not write about you in Muddy Stilettos, regardless of whether I have paid for the experience or not. This gives me the editorial control I need and the trust that my readers demand.

I hope you love the site. Please tell your friends about it, and sign up for my splendiferous newsletter delivered to your inbox to be the first to know about all the cool stuff happening in your area!

Sophie x

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