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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by walkWINCHESTER and how it is used.

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments and contact forms

When visitors leave comments on the site or use one of our contact forms we collect the data shown in the comments or contact form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Email data protection

We use a company called Mailchimp to both manage our email list and to automatically send out our newsletters.  Your data is held by Mailchimp and not by walkWINCHESTER.  By signing up to our email list, you consent to us passing your data to Mailchimp.  Your data may be held outside the European Union.

Your email address is only used for sending our newsletters. We do not rent our list to third parties and we do not send out advertising material on behalf of third parties.

The only data we request is your email address and, voluntarily, information about your interest in Winchester. Mailchimp tracks how many of our emails you open and whether you click on any links.  We only use this data to identify and delete accounts which are no longer active.  Mailchimp also tracks what device you use to read your emails in order to use the most suitable mailing format.

You may unsubscribe at any point by using the link included in all of our emails. 


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


We use cookies to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Affiliate partner cookies – an affiliate partners will place a cookie on your device when you click through to a third-party website.  Unless you receive a pop-up notice to the contrary, this is done under a ‘legitimate interest’ defence because it is required to track referrals to advertiser websites.  ‘Legitimate interest’ is acceptable because the data is not used to build behavioural user profiles, behaviourally profile or market for any other purposes.  You can learn more about this approach here from AWin, one of our affiliate partners.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. maps, videos, images, articles, 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Social Media buttons

Social media likes use the GDPR-compliant Shariff functionality.

Your location

Most of our maps have a feature that enables your location to be shown on the map. This is helpful to navigate a walk and controlled by the location access setting in your internet browser. You will need to permit your location to be used.

Your location information is used to display your current location as a blue dot on the map. We don’t access or record your location information.


We currently don’t use involved web analytics such as google analytics.

Who we share your data with

We do not sell any data we collect to third parties and we do not send out advertising material on behalf of third parties.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Please email dataprotection[at] if you want to make such a request.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Any contact information you provide will only be used to facilitate communication with you as necessary.

Privacy policies of other websites

The website contains links to other websites. Our privacy policy applies only to our website, so if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.


Please contact us at dataprotection[at] if you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy.