Privacy Policy

Lake District Gems ( respects your data and privacy. The following privacy policy summarises the information that may be collected from and about you, and how it will be used in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.

General site usage (including cookies)

Lake District Gems uses cookies – small text files placed on your machine – to support analytics, which in turn help me to understand which of my articles are most popular and to continually improve the website. Cookies are used to provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications, in this case Google Analytics, facilitated by MonsterInsights Pro. Both are GDPR compliant.

Data collected by these tools may include (but not be limited to):

  • Pages visited
  • Referring URL and domain
  • The type of device, operating system and browser you are using
  • Your country

You may prefer to disable cookies on this site, which you can do in your browser – please see the ‘Help’ section in your browser for details of how to do so.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, tweets, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


If you would like to sign up to my email list, your email address will be collected and processed using the MailChimp email list service. MailChimp are GDPR-compliant, and you can read their privacy policy here:

Your email address will not be used for any other purpose than to update you with news from the blog and things I think you will find interesting about the Lake District, and will not be passed on to third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time – simply look out for the ‘unsubscribe’ link included at the bottom of every email.

Leaving comments

In order to leave a comment on the blog, you are not required to leave your email address unless you would like to use your Gravatar image. Your email address will not be publically published, will not be used to contact you, and will not be added to the blog’s email list.

When you leave comments on the site, data collected includes that shown in the comments form (name and email address), and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. Comment data is processed by Akismet and You can read their privacy policy here:

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Comments on Lake District Gems, and all stored backups of the site, are hosted with a reputable and GDPR-compliant business host.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.

Data Breaches

Should a data breach occur, this will be reported to the Information Commissioners Office and relevant individuals within 72 hours of it being identified.

Your rights to access your information

If you have left comments on the blog, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any data you have provided to the site. You can also request that I correct or erase any personal data held about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

If you would like to make such a request, please contact me on

Changes to this policy

Please note that I reserve the right to amend this policy at any time in line with legislation changes and best practice, so please revisit this page for future changes.

21 December 2018