Cookie Policy

About cookies

1.1   A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

1.2 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

1.3 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

Cookies that we use

1.4    We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.

1.5    The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:

(a)    we use cookies to recognise a computer when a user visits our website, track users as they navigate the website, improve the website’s usability, administer the website, prevent fraud and improve the security of the website, personalise the website for each user, validate authenticated users sessions, facilitate the use of our website search engine. In addition to Google Analytics cookies as set out in this section, the website also uses the following cookies when users comment on our websites blog:

  • comment_author_{HASH}
  • comment_author_email_{HASH}
  • comment_author_url_{HASH}

The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set. They are set for convenience, so that the visitor won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment.

1.6 catAccCookies – Used to remember your click on the cookie acceptance popup.

1.7 wpSGCacheBypass – This cookie is used for local caching to improve load time of the website.

Further cookies are used on the website, however, they are only used for the administration of the website and are set when an administrator is logging in or logged into the website. Currently, the only individuals with a legitimate reason to log in to the website are the administrators added by the website owners (or individuals specifically authorised by the owners/authorised administrators).

Third party cookies

1.6 Third party cookies are set by Youtube when visiting our website, due to the Youtube Video about the Grassington Dickensian Festival, which has been embedded on the homepage.

We have set the Youtube Video on Youtube’s Privacy Enhanced Mode, which means that Youtube should only set cookies when a user actually clicks to play the video. The cookies have the following names: GPS, PREF, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, YSC, remote_sid, nextId, requests. These cookies can be disabled in your browser settings, but may result in the video not working.

2 Cookies used by our service providers

2.1 Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

2.2   We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at: The analytics cookies used by our website have the following names: _ga, _gat, _gid. Information regarding these cookies can be found by clicking here: Cookies Used by Google Analytics

2.3 We use Cloudflare content delivery network to improve site speed and performance. The _cfduid cookie is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. For example, if the visitor is in a coffee shop where there are a bunch of infected machines, but the specific visitor’s machine is trusted (e.g. because they’ve completed a challenge within your Challenge Passage period), the cookie allows us to identify that client and not challenge them again. It does not correspond to any user ID in your web application, and does not store any personally identifiable information.

3 Managing cookies

3.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a) (Chrome);

(b) (Firefox);

(c) (Opera);

(d) (Internet Explorer);

(e) (Safari); and

(f) (Edge).

3.2   You can also manage some cookies through some websites like and Network Advertising Initiative, which allow you to opt out from selected cookies.

3.3 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

3.4 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

4 Embedded content from other websites

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