Bagby Airfield Review

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Bagby airfield is on the edge of the North York Moors National Park in North Yorkshire. The closest town is Thirsk, which is easily accessed (as is the airfield) from the A19 and A1(M) motorways which pass nearby.

The airfield is unlicensed. It has a single grass runway (a former cross runway still exists but doesn’t seem to be used any more) at 690m long, with a club house and hangars on the north side, and more hangars on the south side.

A concrete taxiway links both sides of the airfield, meaning a small part of the runway is concrete, which you should watch out for. Grass taxiways link either end of the runway.

The runway is situated on a slope, so when traffic is light and wind permits, it’s normal for aircraft to land upslope on 06, and depart downslope on 24.



Bagby has a friendly atmosphere and there’s usually people hanging about in the club house either between flights, or just enjoying the atmosphere. There’s a licensed bar with a variety of drinks and snacks available, plus toilets and flight planning facilities. Avgas is available from the pumps.




Landing fees are £10.


Airfield Map


Technical Information

Elevation: 160ft AMSL

Runway 06/24 – 690m x 20m grass
(runway lighting available with 5 clicks)

A/G frequency – 123.250

Circuits to the south at 800’ AGL

PPR essential on 01845 597385

Avoid overflying Bagby village to the north of the airfield, and fly a wide circuit pattern to avoid the two villages to the south of the airfield.

Bagby is situated within the Topcliffe MATZ. Calls should be made to 125.000 to operate within, however it’s usually unmanned on weekends.

The prominent Sutton Bank to the east of Bagby is a busy gliding location, with its own airfield on top. Keep a good eye out for gliders and tow aircraft operating here.


Matt Falcus is a private pilot and aviation writer. He has been flying since 2006, taking the opportunity whenever the British weather allows to explore the local area and other airfields. He is author of a number of aviation books.

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