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Residential Courses


Our immersive five-day residential courses cost £795, which includes  your flying fees, six nights’ accommodation, and all main meals. You will become a temporary member of the club for the duration of your stay and welcome to enjoy all of our facilities.

With a ratio of three course members to their own dedicated instructor for the week, the team of four work together to become self-sufficient on the airfield, supporting and encouraging each other completing various tasks including manoeuvring and retrieving gliders on the airfield, whilst also reinforcing the theory learned in the classroom.

Our residential courses are led by highly experienced, qualified gliding instructors and include all flying and instruction in our dual-control gliders and the chance to experience time on our three-screen flight simulator; the overall aim of our courses is to give your new gliding hobby a real head start.

Our residential courses are aimed at those who are typically going to be gliding or flying enthusiasts who may have flown a little or not at all and who are interested in learning to fly.

The courses are also suitable for those who want to come to the Peak District to learn a wide variety of skills, to become better, safer, and well-rounded pilots.

Our aim is to provide you with as much instruction and flying time as is reasonably safe and practical within our normal flying operations. However, gliding is very weather dependant, and our airfield is 1,350’ above sea level, so we cannot give any commitment on the amount of time you’ll be offered. If adverse weather conditions prevent flying, then detailed ground briefings will be given along with the use of our Flight Simulator to continue flight instruction.

In 2022 we are running four residential courses, all of which start on the Sunday evening with a brief introduction so that you can settle in before the flying starts on the Monday morning. Our 2022 courses will aim to maximise the better summer weather that gliding relies on and will take place during the following weeks:

    • Monday the 16th to Friday 20th May – SORRY, FULLY BOOKED
    • NEW Monday the 6th to Friday 10th June – SORRY, FULLY BOOKED
    • Monday the 4th to Friday 8th July – SORRY, FULLY BOOKED
    • NEW Monday the 18th to Friday 22nd July – SORRY, FULLY BOOKED
    • Monday the 8th to Friday the 12th August – SORRY, FULLY BOOKED
    • Monday the 12th to Friday 16th September – SORRY, FULLY BOOKED


Before booking, it is important that you ensure that you meet the following criteria:

    • Height: between 1.52m and 1.88m (5’ and 6’1”)
    • Weight: maximum 95kg/210lbs/15 stone
    • Agility: able to get in and out of a bath unaided.
    • General Health: you should be physically fit and well. The nature of our airfield may limit access for the less physically able.
    • Overall Health: You will be asked to declare your fitness to fly a glider, free from certain physical or mental conditions that might specifically impact on your ability to fly in a glider and that might put your own or another’s safety at risk.


Please contact us to discuss your requirements (dietary or otherwise).  We will do our very best to accommodate you and to share with new pilots young and old our passion for soaring!

Terms and Conditions apply.



Course participant September 2021

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed last week flying with you and to thank you for your enduring patience and support… You run a great course and have a friendly learning set up at CPH…supportive, safe and fun. The club itself is truly amazing the way it functions reflects the passion and energy of it’s members to create that environment.


Parent of course attendee, August 2021

My daughter stayed here for a 5 day gliding scholarship. The staff were very friendly and happy to show the whole family around and explained about meals and facilities etc. The accommodation was basic but very adequate and clean and we felt happy leaving her there. The weather wasn’t the kindest but my daughter had a very enjoyable week. The gliding instructors did their very best to get as much flying time in as possible. It was a great experience for her.


Parent of course attendee, May 2021

What a great time! My 14yr old son went there with a couple of others from his air cadets and stayed for 5 days. The weather was perfect which helps and the people there were very friendly and open making us feel really welcome and part of their group. Ignore what others may review negatively. Don’t be surprised if the members talk about gliding as it is their passion! The bar is great with lovely guest ales and John who runs it was really nice. Try the home cooked food its properly traditional.
Yes the place is basic but that really is part of the charm. My son spent 5 full days gliding and the members took time to teach him and this was the first time he had stayed on his own away from home so he was a little nervous but within 10 minutes and a very nice steak he was totally settled in. I can guarantee we will be going back there as often as possible.

To find out more about our Residential Courses, or to confirm availability, please contact the office by phone or email.