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 £120+ 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
Email: enquiry@ygc.co.uk
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 22nd October 2021

Friday 22nd.  A moderate to fresh WNW veered into the NNE and became light over the course of the flying day, as a ridge of high pressure crossed the country bringing sunny periods.  An AT off runway 24 by Bruce Grain and Andrew Bedford in K21 KLW around 1130 hrs, this lasting for 22 minutes,  […]

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Monday 18th to Thursday 21st October 2021

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th.  Monday and Tuesday were days of low cloud and rain, the latter light and patchy all day on Monday and heavier, but confined to the morning on Tuesday, as on both days a light to moderate/moderate SSE/SE blew.  Consequently there was no flying. Wednesday 20th.  A frontal system brought rain […]

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Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th October 2021

Saturday 16th.  A light to moderate flow from the SSE, slowly becoming ESE, brought in  overcast skies.  Initially the cloud base, at around 1800′ QFE, was high enough for Toby Wilson and Jamie Quartermaine to attempt to give some of the day’s First Flight pupils an experience of gliding.   However, after 3 launches off runway […]

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