Coronavirus: Our facilities are currently closed. If you have a first flight voucher we look forward to taking bookings later in the year. Find out more here.

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
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 13th to Sunday 16th May 2021.

Thursday 13th.  A light to moderate, mainly N/NE’ly wind saw flying start off runway 06 around 1130 hrs.  However, after a bright start, cloud rapidly developed into showers, so flying terminated just after 1300 hrs with 3 ATs flown.  The early conditions provided some soaring opportunities, with Sue Aherne, first off solo in K21 JVZ, […]

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Tuesday 11th to Wednesday 12th May 2021

Tuesday 11th.  Another bright and sunny morning with a moderate SSE’ly  saw flying get underway around 1020 hrs.  The unstable air mass, however, led to thundery showers developing by early afternoon, so flying came to a halt at 1450 hrs after 9 ATs of runway 20.  In spite of the unstable conditions, only 1 flight […]

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Friday 7th to Monday 10th May 2021

Friday 7th.  A light to moderate NW’ly resulted in 8 ATs off runway 24, but the unstable airmass developed frequent, heavy showers of rain and hail that led to flying coming to a halt not long after midday.  Pilots initially found lift hard to come by under the extensive cloud at around 2,000′ QFE, but […]

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