Coronavirus: Our facilities are currently closed. If you have a first flight voucher we look forward to taking bookings later in the year. Find out more here.

Have a first flight

A first flight over North Yorkshire is the perfect experience to try gliding. Take the controls or enjoy the view!

Only £99.50+ P&P

Gliding courses

Discover the delights and challenges of gliding on our courses! Alternatively, if time is at a premium, try our one-day course.

From £60+ P&P

Become a member

Your first year of full-flying membership of the Yorkshire Gliding Club, with full access to our facilities and free instruction.

From £330+ P&P

Information for pilots

Contact us

Contact us to find out more:

Phone: 01845 597237
How to find us
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Take to the skies with us!


is an adventure sport for people from age 14 up into their 90's. It offers the purest flying experience, with pilots reading the weather and using up-drafts to soar the skies, often for hours at a time. It is also probably the most affordable way to learn to fly due to the fact that gliding clubs are mostly volunteer run organisations; which also makes soaring a very friendly and social sport. Modern gliders are sleek, hi-tech and fast machines built from state-of-the-art materials. Unaided, they can be flown for hundreds of miles, climb two miles high or more, and perform stunning aerobatic displays.

The Yorkshire Gliding Club was founded in 1934, by a group of pioneering aviators seeking to understand the potential of powerless flight. Today, we are dedicated to providing high-quality training and facilities, affirming our position as the best soaring club in the North of England. Whether you're looking for your first glider flight experience, or you're all set and ready to learn to fly - we offer professional, friendly instruction guided by our national sporting body, the British Gliding Association.

To get a feel for our sport and our club, watch our videos, and explore our website to find out more about why we love what we do - and we think you will too.

You can also sign up to our mailing list to learn more about gliding, and stay up to date with the adventures of those who fly from Sutton Bank.

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Thursday 8th to Friday 9th April 2021

Thursday 8th.  A moderate to fresh WSW’ly meant a day of winching at site with some wave for good measure.  14 launches off runway 24 led to a very mixed bag of flights with the majority of the first 9 being back of the ground in under 10 minutes.  The exceptions were Messrs   Toon in […]

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Friday 2nd to Wednesday 5th April 2021.

Friday 2nd.   Initially sunny skies gradually clouded in as a moderate, NNE’ly blew, operations being off runway 02. 10 ATs were flown, with 5 by private owners and the conditions resulted in 1 flight of over 30 minutes and an additional 5 flights of over an hour.   Four of the latter flights were by private […]

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Tuesday 30th March to Thursday 1st April 2021

Tuesday 30th.   A light to moderate/moderate SSW’ly brought a high of 19.9C to site plus Saharan dust, while thin  high cover meant a bright, not sunny day.  The conditions were to the liking of the club’s instructors and experienced solo pilots,who, after the Covid imposed restrictions, were out in force to take advantage of the […]

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