A RIDING stables set in a stunning wooded valley near Bardon Mill is still going strong after more than 20 years.

But the husband and wife team who founded Cragside Stables are on the lookout for potential suitors to take on their business.

Pauline and Herbie Greener, who have helped people of all ages to develop their riding skills over the years, are looking forward to retirement.

Until that time comes, however, Pauline has assured the riding community that its business as usual at Cragside.

“There has been some interest,” she said, “but at the moment we’re still very much here.

“We just want people to know we are still open, popular, and providing a good riding experience.”

The Greeners first opened a riding stables just off Langley Road, at Haydon Bridge, back in 1979.

It soon became a pony trekking centre, with Pauline and Herbie taking children and adults on lessons out in the surrounding countryside.

In 1998, they moved the business to Low Fogrigg near Bardon Mill, which enabled them to expand their offering at a new 38-acre site.

They refurbished the 19th century farmhouse which became their home, and created a purpose-built riding school with 12 stables, a tack room, office and toilet facilities.

With all the facilities in place, Pauline and Herbie are keen to sell Cragside as a going concern.