Top 10 UK winter walks – chosen by travel and nature writers

The British countryside is especially dramatic in winter, and ideal for a walk to blow away the Christmas cobwebs. Ten writers choose their favourites – and pubs to thaw your feet in

Unicorns and selfies at Stonehenge winter solstice – in pictures

Hundreds of people and a unicorn gathered at the Wiltshire stone circle for the winter solstice, the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere

Great UK winter walks

An inviting path and a cosy pub or cafe are ingredients for brilliant days out, whether braving the elements in the Highlands, crunching over fresh frost in the Midlands, or squishing through Yorkshire mud

The joy of wild winter swimming

One brave swimmer is taking a dip a day throughout December in the rivers of Surrey and Berkshire, and finding ‘the nip of the water and the zing of a swim is quite addictive’

Winter sun destinations: 10 top trips

Whether it’s yoga in Morocco, fine food in South Africa or getting off the beaten track in Brazil, here are 10 holidays to escape the winter blues

Winter sun getaways

Superb beaches and cuisine, and no sign of UK gloom … Here are bright, warm spots from the Algarve to Thailand and the Caribbean. Hammocks optional

A little piste of Christmas in the Austrian Alps

The high Alpine resort of Katschberg proves perfect for a family of mixed abilities, and December’s lantern-lit advent trail leaves everyone feeling festive