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About South Downs Discovery

Here at South Downs Discovery, our aim is to share our passion for the South Downs Way and use our in-depth knowledge to help you get the very most from your visit. We offer high quality, great value self-guided walking holidays showcasing the very best the South Downs has to offer.

By specialising in the South Downs Way, we can concentrate on our area of expertise while doing what we love.

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Friendly and Flexible Approach

We’ll help you see the very best of the South Downs National Park. Whether it be a historic pub tucked away in a quiet village or an amazingly preserved Roman Villa just off the trail, our friendly and flexible approach means we can offer a genuinely bespoke service; we’ll work with you to help you plan your perfect holiday.

30 Years Experience

Between us we have over 30 years experience putting together tailor made walking and cycling holidays. Each member of our team is a keen walker and we’ve all walked (and cycled!) the South Downs Way many times. In fact, every walk we offer is one we have enjoyed ourselves. Or, to put it another way, we talk the talk because we’ve walked the walk!

We’ve also spent many happy hours testing out the B&B’s, pubs and restaurants along the way. In fact, we try out every aspect of your holiday so that we can be 100% confident that it meets our exacting standards – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!


Paul is the founder of South Downs Discovery and deals with all our walking holiday bookings.

I was driven to found South Downs Discovery in 2010 by a passion to share my love of what I believe is a very underrated part of the UK. It also meant I was able to indulge my loves of walking, cycling, eating good food and drinking real ale!

Having graduated in Tourism Management more than 20 years ago (time flies!), I worked in various roles within the travel & tourism industry before taking the leap and embarking on my own venture. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world but there’s few places I’d rather be than out on the South Downs.

Having lived in Sussex for the best part of a decade, I’ve recently relocated to Cheshire to be closer to my wife’s family. During the walking season I’m back down in the South Downs at least a couple of times each month and really relish my visits!


Jo is our operations manager and looks after all the admin side of things to ensure everything runs smoothly. She runs a very tight ship!