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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 £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
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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 17th to Friday 18th June 2021

Thursday 17th.   A light NNE’ly blew to start the day, slowly backing into the ESE .  Initially cloudy, the skies cleared for a couple of hours during the early afternoon, before clouding in again.  After a busy few days, Thursday was quiet with only 4 ATs off either runway 02 or 06, but with all […]

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Wednesday 16th June 2021

Wednesday 16th.  A reversal of Tuesday’s soaring conditions saw wave being the predominant source of lift during the day as a light to moderate SSW’ly blew, this tending to veer into the SW.   Thus, 13 of the day’s 31 launches resulted in climbs to over 5,000′ asl, with the best altitudes reached being  10,000′ asl […]

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Tuesday 15th June 2021

Tuesday 15th.   A light SSW’ly slowly increased to become moderate, leading to 34 ATs off runway 20 and a number of cross countries using  thermal or in one case, wave lift.   The latter saw Jesper Mjels use the engine of his DG400 to climb to 5,500′ asl over Topcliffe to contact the wave and proceed […]

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