Bats & Brownies

Racy Ghyll Farm

Enjoy a unique, memorable night at Racy Ghyll Farm on our popular Bats & Brownies Night!

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 waterbodies, Racy Ghyll provides a mosaic of foraging habitats for bats, and is an excellent base to enjoy the acoustic and visual spectacle of these fascinting mammals foraging at night.

The evening will begin in the comfortable Racy Ghyll education room, where Wild Intrigue will give an intriguing insight into these cretures of the night, whilst you sit back and enjoy hot drinks and delicios brownies made by the Rebanks family, before heading out to discover the bats of Racy Ghyll

You will be introduced to the diverse and awe-inspiring sounds of different bat species as they go about their nightly routines. Our specialist equipment will bring a new level to eavesdropping on bats; our Echo Meter Touch 2 PRO, will allow you to hear, but also see the ultrasonic echolocation calls of bats on a colour spectrogram! We will also have heterodyne Magenta 4 detectors to usepefect to scroll through and pinpoint the exact individual contact calls of bats, as well as FSC Bat Guides for use.

Perhaps we will hear the drip-dropping of large Noctules as they pass through their nightly commute, or the ‘zzzips’ of Pipistrelles as the catch their insect prey.

Please note that the route includes walking down concrete steps by the bridge.

Booking is essential and spaces are limited, so please book your places using the form below. We will accept cash payments on the evening. Please note we are not able to accept card payments!

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If you have any questions about our Bat Safaris, feel free to get in touch using our Contact Form prior to booking.


Adult £15

Under 18 £12 (must be accompanied by paying adult)

Location & Dates

Saturday 20th June – 21:00 – 22:30

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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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 find out about your accommodation options.

Moths & Muffins Morning Racy Ghyll Farm
Racy Ghyll Farm