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.

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Saturday 27th November 2021

Saturday 27th.  Storm Arwen made its presence felt as it tracked southwards over the North Sea, the site weather station recording a minimum pressure of 975 mb around 2100 hrs on Friday night before it ceased recording early on Saturday morning.   A fresh to strong NNW’ly blew in a mixture of rain, sleet and snow […]

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Friday 26th November 2021

Friday 26th.   A non flying day as  operations were scrubbed due to the forecast approach of storm Arwen with its severe gale force N’ly winds.  Wind speeds at nearby RAF Topcliffe were initially moderate NW/WNW’lys but slowly increased to moderate to fresh over the course of the flying day with increasing gustiness.   

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Thursday 25th November 2021

Thursday 25th.  A moderate to fresh NW’ly blew for most of the day before veering into the WNW and becoming light to moderate, this change coming too late to allow any flying to take place.

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