St Martin's Flats
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St Martin's Flats, otherwise known as Middle Town Beach or Lawrence's Bay lies on the southwest coast of St. Martin's, Isles of Scilly.
The fine, almost white Scillonian sand and shallow water make for a very picturesque setting. Southwest facing the beach looks across to Rushy Porth on the east coast of Tresco.
The wide crescent of sand stretches all the way from Lower Town to Higher Town and slopes slightly into the gently lapping waves. This beach can be prone to seaweed after stormy weather but is large enough for this not to be a problem.
Backed by low grassy banks and dunes, Lawrence’s Bay is very much a family beach. Not really a great beach to swim from, swimming is possibly better at Par Beach just to the east, and Great Bay in the northeast coast.
The beach is an excellent place to use as a base if exploring the island by kayak and the rock pools will give younger members of the family hours of fun.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Seasonal dog ban
OS Explorer Map 101: Isles of Scilly
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: