Coronavirus: Our facilities are currently closed to members of the public. If you have a first flight voucher we are now taking bookings, subject to conditions. We are also accepting new members wishing to learn to fly. 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 £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
Tweet us: @GlideYorkshire
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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


Friday 16th to Thursday 22nd October 2020

Friday 16th.  Sunny intervals prevailed on another day of light to moderate NNE’lies as  High Pressure continued to prevail.  Flying got under way mid-morning off runway 02 and continued until 1630 hrs, by which time 27 ATs had been flown.  Lift was hard to come by, but mid-afternoon, Army pilot Darlow, flying their LS10, found […]

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Wednesday 14th to Thursday 15th October 2020

Wednesday 14th.  High pressure centred to the north of the UK led to a continuation of the NE’ly flow, now light to moderate,  and also showers coming in off the North Sea that deposited 2.5 mm or rain.  In spite of this, flying was possible and 13 AT launches resulted off runway 02, with all […]

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Monday 12th to Tuesday 13th October 2020

Monday 12th.  A light ESE’ly slowly veered into the S before a major change to WNW around 1730 hrs and an increase in wind speed to moderate as clearer weather spread in after a day of low cloud and rain that prevented any flying. Tuesday 13th.  The depression responsible for Monday’s non-flying day was still […]

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