Winter notebook: sailing the English Channel

This narrow stretch of water teams with ships in winter and possesses a language and character all of its own

A winter notebook: Sicily

Acclaimed writer Horatio Clare on winter in Sicily – from snow-capped Etna to the Ballaro market in Palermo

Winter: from Sicily to Paris – a new series by Horatio Clare

Acclaimed writer Horatio Clare explores four continental winters and reflects on his own psychological battle with the season

Mountain-top dining: the best high-altitude restaurants

From Courchevel to Canada’s Whistler and Japan’s Niseko: how to dine in style with the mountains at your window

Where to go for snow: six winter escapes

Snow much choice: from ice skating on a frozen Italian lake to skiing down the same slopes as 007 in Austria

Nature notebook: what to look out for on your winter walks

Whether you are a city dweller or a country lover, Rachael Bell keeps you in touch with the season

Why I’m looking forward to the clocks going back

We should all lighten up about the darkness

The perfect white wines for winter

When it’s really cold, there is nothing better than a glass (or two) of white

Where to go for winter sun

A selection of sun-drenched destinations to suit all budgets

Books to get you through winter

A literary selection that will banish the winter blues

The art of good mulling

How to make delicious and uplifting mulled wine at home