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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 £50+ 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.

Latest from the blog


Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th August 2020

Saturday 8th.  A light to moderate NNE’ly blew all day with operations off runway 02, the launch point being to the west of the winch track.  A low inversion and generally blue skies restricted soaring opportunities with only one flight over an hour and one further one over 30 minutes.  The >1 hour flight saw […]

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Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th August 2020

Tuesday 4th.  A dull, cloudy day with a light to moderate SSE’ly blowing saw light rain from 0900 to 1400 hrs deposit 2.0 mm of rain, wth the post rain period continuing with low cloud so there was no flying. Wednesday 5th.  A light to moderate SSW’ly increased to moderate over the middle of the […]

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Thursday 30th July to Monday 3rd August 2020

Thursday 30th.  A cloudy and damp start to Thursday as a light to moderate SE’ly blew, delayed the start of flying until the middle of the afternoon, with 4 flights in the Falke preceding 3 ATs off runway 20 by K21 KLW and 3 ATs by Paul Bulmer in his Libelle.  Low flight times resulted […]

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