Explore God’s Own Country from the air with these hot air balloon rides…
There’s no better way to see the Yorkshire countryside than from the air, so why not try a hot air ballon ride? You can float through the sky at a serene pace, taking in landmarks, cityscapes and natural wonders along the way. It’s the ultimate luxury, a once in a lifetime experience, but it doesn’t come cheap, so you have to choose your journey wisely – which is why we’ve rounded up the three best hot air ballon rides in Yorkshire.
Virgin Balloon Flights
Virgin’s hot air balloon rides launch from Leeds, Sheffield, Harrogate, Doncaster, Rotheram and York. Each location offers a different experience – will you go for spectacular aerial views of the Yorkshire’s cityscapes or head into the countryside to take in the beauty of Gods Own Country from above? It’s a hands-on experience, so you’ll help the pilot inflate the balloon before they take you up, up and away. You’ll be in the air for an hour and when you’re back on solid ground you’ll celebrate the adventure with Prosecco and a certificate presentation.
Virgin Balloon Flights are at various locations across Yorkshire. Prices start at £124.
Balloon Rides York
Balloon Rides York will take you high above the historic city of York on a picturesque airborne adventure. The balloon launches from York racecourse, where you’ll be treated to a traditional champagne toast as you climb into the clouds. You’ll get a birds-eye view of Knavesmire before soaring across the River Ouse and the ancient city walls. Along the way, you can see famous landmarks like York Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles. They’ve been doing these flights for over 30 years and their pilots are some of the best in the business, so you’ll be in good hands.
Balloon Rides York starts at York Racecourse, Racecourse Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 1EX. Prices start from £115.
Airborne Adventures specialise in exclusive balloon flights in Yorkshire. Their baskets are smaller than others, so you can have a more intimate experience with just you, your guest and the pilot up in the clouds. You’ll take off from Skipton, skimming the treetops around Coniston Cold before you fly high over the Yorkshire Dales for an hour. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see for miles, and depending on where the wind takes you, you’ll get a glimpse of landmarks like Bolton Abbey, Malham Cove and the three peaks, before you head back down to enjoy a glass of champagne.
Airborne Adventures starts at Coniston Hotel, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4EA. Prices start at £500 for two people.Cover image credit: Airborne Adventures