Presenter George Ward, of Local TV, headed up to Pickering in North Yorkshire to try catch a glimpse of the 58-year-old movie star.
He smiled and waved at the group of onlookers, and George asked him what its like to be in Yorkshire.
Cheerfully responding, Tom said: "Lovely. Wonderful.
"We love it. It's beautiful."
Cruise is thought to be filming the seventh film in the Mission Impossible series, which has been delayed due to coronavirus.
Sarah Jones, 46, said it was a ‘lovely surprise’ to see the actor arrive by helicopter while she was on her daily walk with her dog.
She said the actor was ‘extremely friendly’ and waved at the group of dog walkers who happened to be on the same field during his landing.
Sarah, who runs Pear Tree House Bed & Breakfast nearby, said it was thrilling to see the Top Gun star, as it’s one of her favourite films.
She said: “It was very exciting, Chris wanted to see the helicopter but I wanted to see who it was.
“Tom Cruise is one of the few celebrities I could ever recognise so I was so excited to see him.
“I don’t think he’s ever been met by a group of dog walkers before. He was very friendly, he waved and said hello and said he was pleased to be here and said the weather was lovely.
“It was a lovely surprise.
“We didn’t know it was going to be Tom Cruise until he walked out of the helicopter.
“He landed in a field in Pickering of all places - you don’t get that every day.”
Sarah had been on a walk with her husband Christopher, 47, who was attracted by the sound of the helicopter propellers whirring in the distance.
She added: “We were joking about seeing Tom Cruise one moment, the next he was just walking in a field next to us.
“Pickering is a small market time, it’s not something we expected to see.”