Access to the secluded Rockham Beach at Mortehoe has been restored after being closed for two years. The steps at the picturesque beach were washed away during the severe Valentine storms in February 2014, following a long wet winter that had a big impact on the unstable and eroding cliffs surrounding the beach. The National Trust and Devon County Council worked together on a joint £110,000 project to reinstate the steps thanks to majority funding from the Coastal Communities Fund. Jonathan Fairhurst, NT lead ranger for Croyde, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, said contractors Marine and Civil Solutions had done a good job. They were really impressive, they worked in February and March in extreme weathers, he said. We are hoping they will be good for a decade, but obviously nothing is guaranteed. He said restoring the beach was crucial to its neighbours, including North Morte Farm campsite whose guests used the beach. In the summer months you can get 150 people on there, he said. The work was delayed to the crumbling and folded geology of the site and contractors used pins to anchor the steps some 4.5 metres into the rocks.