Hot Air Balloon Rides from York over Yorkshire
Treat yourself to a hot air balloon ride in an area of great natural beauty in Yorkshire. Yorkshire contrasts varied geography and weather conditions and makes for an interesting region for hot air balloon flights.
For more information about balloon flights over the Vale of York visit the web site of Balloon Rides who fly from York Racecourse or the "Knavesmire" as it is known, Naburn Lock and Rufforth.
Once the capital city of England, York’s Minster is claimed as the finest Gothic church in northern Europe and the city is renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage. North east of York and within an average balloon ride of York is Castle Howard, made famous in the production of Brideshead Revisited.
To the West and North of York the landscape is limestone country - lush green valleys (known locally as "dales") crested with white limestone cliffs ("scars") and limestone pavements cutting through wilder uplands beneath towering peaks ("fells") of dark millstone grit. Horton in Ribblesdale is a focal point for walkers on the Three Peaks and the area around here is well liked for caving and potholing. Nearby Ingleborough Hill hides the famous White Scar Caves with immense stalactites and stalagmites carved out over thousands of years by nature itself. Not far away is the Ribblehead viaduct, a marvel of Victorian engineering on the Settle to Carlisle Railway
Throughout the dales, fields and pastures are bounded by distinctive white drystone walls which criss-cross the hillsides in elaborate patterns; set against the limestone cliffs and escarpments these walls (which were originally built by sheep farmers in days gone by) look almost a natural part of the limestone scenery as viewed today. This vista was the inspiration for the internationally re-nown James Herriot stories.
For balloon flights over North West Yorkshire try Airborne Balloons who can do training flights from the Skipton area for those interested in becoming balloon pilots and also arrange programs in Spain if the Yorkshire moors weather is too challenging!