The Old Forge has only 2 cottages nearby, neither of which interrupt the views. It lies at a crossroad of tracks and bridleways so you can cycle direct to Coniston village or Ambleside in the other direction. There is a a feeling of remoteness with hardly any passing traffic and yet only 15 mins or so from Ambleside with its cinema, pubs, restaurants and umpteen kit shops.
A pleasant walk from the cottage will take you to Chesters for coffee and cake or to Tarn Hows – quintessentially Lake District.
For the slightly more adventurous the footpaths could take you into Great Langdale past Blea Tarn for a pint of Old Peculiar at the Old Dungeon Ghyll.
If you’re a serious fell walker there is the Coniston Range – persuade someone to drop you off at Walna Scar ‘road’. Take the path past Dow Cragg with its rock scrambles and alpine winter gullies, skirt Goats Water and follow the path up to the col and then to the top of Coniston Old Man with its fantastic views.
Follow the ridge along to Swirl Howe, down the steep rocky path to Wetherlam and then down into Tilberthwaite and home to The Old Forge for tea and medals.
The serious stuff goes on with Bowfell, Pavey Ark, Langdale pikes, Scafell Pike, Crinkle Craggs etc etc from Great Langdale.
Hodge Close has virtually no light pollution. On a clear night the sky is amazing.