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 14th to Saturday 15th January 2022.

Friday 14th.  Blue, sunny skies again prevailed as a light S’ly blew, operations of runway 20 commencing around 1030 hrs. Although the majority of landings were on 20, the light winds led to pilots landing on 24, 02 and 06, the last a hangar flight at the end of the day.  25 launches were the […]

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Wednesday 12th to Thursday 13th 2022

Wednesday 12th.  A light, mainly SSW’ly blew, but around lunch time take offs from runway 24 became turbulent, so a halt was called to proceedings this lasting around an hour before launches restarted.  In all 19 launches were flown, mainly in the club 2 seaters as the visiting Cambridge GC pilots and YGC club members […]

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Monday 10th to Tuesday 11th January 2022,

Monday 10th.  An Atlantic weather front brought a moist, light to moderate SSE’ly flow with a lot a cloud, the latter delaying the start of flying until mid afternoon and restricting it thereafter to 4 launches to between 1100′ and 1500′ QFE.  All the launches were for members of the visiting group from the Cambridge […]

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