Bats & Brownies

Racy Ghyll Farm

A wild night out on an traditional Lakeland farm

Nestled in the Lakeland valley of Matterdale, Racy Ghyll Farm and the Rebanks Family have gained admiration and respect for their Herdwick Sheep, but most recently James’ strong advocation of nature-friendly farming, and his acclaimed book “The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District”, and forthcoming “English Pastoral | An Inheritance“.

With wildflower meadow, grazed pasture, deciduous trees and newly established waterbodies, Racy Ghyll supports a rich mix of foraging habitats for bats.

Wild Intrigue will give an intriguing insight into these creatures of the night, whilst you sit back and enjoy hot drinks and home-made brownies made by the Rebanks family, before heading out to discover the bats of Racy Ghyll

With bat detectors in hand you will embark on a guided exploration of Racy Ghyll with Wild Itnrigue as the sun sets, to track down the the clicks, slaps and pops of bat echolocation. Bat detectors bring a new level to watching bats, enabling you to eavesdrop on them as they forage and communicate. Wild Intrigue will also have an Echo Meter Touch 2 PRO to hand, so you can not only hear, but see the ultrasonic echolocation of bats! Racy Ghyll supports a diversity of species, from Common Pipistrelles which weigh as little as a 20 pence coin, to Noctules which hawk through the woodland.

This Mini Exped supports Wild Intrigue’s work in surveying the wildlife of Racy Ghyll Farm.


Adult £16

Under 18 £14

Suitable for all ages. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Location & Dates

2021 dates coming soon.

Racy Ghyll Farm is located only a short drive away from Keswick or Penrith, in the beautiful Matterdale Valley. Further location details will provided on booking.

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Mini Exped

Join Wild Intrigue to discover how the restoration of nature on Racy Ghyll Farm supports bats on this memorable Mini Exped. Following a fascinating introduction to bats, you will be guided around the farm as the sun sets to track down these elusive, often-misunderstood creates of the night. Who knows what other wildlife will be encountered...


Racy Ghyll Farm

Matterdale, Cumbria

(A short drive from Penrith or Keswick)

Accommodation Tips

Accommodation is not provided on Mini Expeds, however there are a number of wonderful accommodation providers based local to Racy Ghyll. From camping to B&B's and hotels, why not make a break of it?

Get in touch with Wild Intrigue to explore accommodation options.

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