A WALKING festival has been hailed a success after attracting more than 1,200 people.

Pendle Walking Festival, now in its 14th year, drew walkers from as far afield as Sydney and France over nine days.

More than 60 walks featured, co-ordinated by Pendle's countryside access officer Tom Partridge.

He said: "People commented on the beautiful long-distance views on all our walks."

Arlette Lebel was one of eight walkers from Pendle’s twin town of Creil near Paris.

She said: “It was a great experience and I will definitely be returning for more walking.”

Cllr Eileen Ansar , Pendle's leader for tourism, said the festival got rave reviews from ramblers from far and wide.

She said: “Pendle’s varied open countryside is a major asset to our tourism economy.”