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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


Tuesday 27th to Wednesday 28th July 2021.

Tuesday 27th.  A day of light and variable winds mainly from the SSE meant operations off runway 20, with 17 ATs flown.  Lift was hard to come by, with only I flight of over an  hour out of a total of  4 with 30 minutes or more.  It turned out to be lady’s day as […]

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Sunday 25th to Monday 26th July 2021.

Sunday 25th. A light to moderate NNE’ly flow brought partially cloudy skies and soaring opportunities.  3 private owners launched, with Rob Bailey in his ASG29 visiting Beverley and Garforth and Toby Wilson in his Standard Cirrus venturing to the south but not quite getting to Rufforth before returning to site.  Darren Lodge in  his LS8-18 […]

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Saturday 24th July 2021

Saturday 24th.  The anticyclone continued to move away to the north as a depression brought thundery rain to the south of England and Wales.  At site a light E’ly brought in extensive cloud which at first limited launch heights and excluded any chance of significant soaring.   Flying commenced around 1045 hrs off runway 06, with […]

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