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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


Thursday 21st to Monday 25th May 2020.

Thursday 21st.    A moist and light to moderate airstream from the SW/WSW provided another soaring day with thermal and wave, although it took a little while for soaring to get going.  Robin Hutchinson, taking off around 1045 hrs in K21 JVZ  posted the first soaring flight of the day, 45 minutes, one of 10 […]

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Wednesday 20th May 2020

Wednesday 20th.  The anticyclone had moved further east, advecting some very warm air over the UK from Spain and France, with the result that the day  delivered the highest maximum daily temperature of the year so far, 26.8C at Topcliffe.  Clear blue skies and a light to moderate S’ly wind made for a pleasant day […]

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Tuesday 19th May

Tuesday 19th.  The anticyclone influencing the weather over the UK  had remained to the SW  so that it was again a day with WSW’ly winds, though they had declined in strength slightly to become light to moderate.  Operations were again off runway  24 and 11 ATs were flown behind the Eurofox.  Fronts moving up the […]

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