Wayhaven’s lighthouse was one of the first buildings, apart from warehouses, built for the town. With such bustling trade, it was imperative that boats rowing in from the ships anchored past the headland made it to the shore without incident, or they risked having their cargo lost to the depths of the lake.
Nowadays, the lighthouse remains working but offers little more than an interesting tourist destination for the rare few tourists who actually manage to find the hidden little town.
It has seen its fair share of events up on the sweeping cliff, but it remains a silent sentinel, forever watching over the safety of those it has stood alongside for so long
Haley bought the shop only a few years ago but has already transformed it into the centre of Wayhaven’s small population.
Not only selling the best treats for miles around, Haley’s Bakery offers a warm, friendly space for all to gather and relax from the stress of the day. And Haley is always on hand with not only the perfect suggestion of a sweetly baked confection for your mood, but a willing ear to listen to any troubles.
Wayhaven Public Library
The red brick exterior of the Wayhaven Public Library means it blends in well with the other buildings surrounding it—all converted from old warehouses and factories. Though the library has been given a little more care over the years that in its neighbors’. It has been turned into a small but homey space, and has even had a lovely window floor to ceiling window fitted to allow the sunlight to flood the open space inside.
It’s a warm space used by many of the townspeople, run mostly by volunteers. It’s also a space that can be rented for events such as charity events, blood drives, and even birthday parties!
LAYCOTT's BAR anD Grill
Laycott’s Bar and Grill has been an establishment in Wayhaven for as long as anyone can remember—which is odd considering it’s only been open around 40 years.
Providing about the only night time entertainment in the small town, it’s as popular as you can imagine. Whether you’re interested in darts, pool, quizzes, or just there for a drink, Laycott’s has it all…as long as you only enjoy one of those things, of course.
At least it offers a good variety of food on the menu. Chen, the current owner of the grill, is trained in a variety of cooking styles as that’s where his love truly lies. From restaurant quality meals to greasy pub food, you will be well-catered for at this popular Wayhaven destination.
The docks of Wayhaven were once the centre of its hustle and bustle. It was the space where perishable goods came in before being processed and stacked in the many cool warehouses for later shipping to the surrounding near towns.
Yummy wares of all kinds have passed across the once rickety wooden docks. As the shipments grew, the docks were strengthened with steel and concrete. But seagulls are the only remnants of the days when ships laden with luxurious foods bobbed happily in this sheltered inlet.
Nowadays, the docks make for a lovely water-view walk in the day, and a slightly less lovely walk on an evening with the patrons of The Seagull’s Cry pouring out of its alcohol-stained doorway.
Once, the trees that bordered Wayhaven were sparse. Speckled through the carpet of meadows that made the road into Wayhaven far more welcoming.
Nowadays, the town almost feels cut off from the world behind the barrier of dense trees that form a wall. The road, although well maintained, is always on the brink of being overrun by the army of firs that constantly press against its borders.
But as menacing as it may appear to outsiders, those in Wayhaven know the forest is a place of peace and escape. Its home to flora and fauna enough to provide hours of exploration. Its cool canopy is perfect for the summer, and the perfect scene of winter perfection in the snowy months.
It’s another part of the townspeople’s home that they all hold so dear.
The very heart and centre of Wayhaven is The Square. It has changed very little since the town grew around it after most of factories closed and the docks grew quiet.
Making up the four sides of the square and facing towards the green are rows of quaint shops and essential buildings, including Haley’s Bakery, the Post Office, Rooted Craft, and the bank. Rent may be expensive, but this is highly sought after retail space.
Made up of cobblestone streets that surround a beautiful green space canopied by a magnificent hazel tree, it is idyllic in all seasons. During festivals and holidays, The Square is always decorated to show its best: Spring offers egg hunts and beautiful boughs of wisteria, Summer provides marquees and craft stalls to provide respite from the heat, Fall is a flush of umbers and golds as the streets are made cosy with bushels of wheat and displays of pumpkins, and Winter is a glittering display of snowy specials!
Wayhaven wouldn’t be the same without the essential community space.
Moonlight highlights figures who linger here, revealing their acts to all who may look up to the clifftop from the cove below.
Thankfully, the most nefarious activities that happen at Foxglove Grove tend to be bringing the wrong type of wine to go with your picnic nibbles!
The Grove was once a quiet place for people to reflect on life and enjoy the serenity of this foxglove-speckled clearing near the clifftops of Wayhaven. Nowadays, it is a public picnic spot that is filled more with the scent of barbecue and al-fresco rather than the delicate aroma of flowers.
A popular tourist spot for those who can find it, and a very popular romantic spot for couples who stumble upon it.
THE SEAGULL's CRY
The Seagull’s Cry pub is a well-used establishment by Wayhaven’s remaining dock workers. At the end of a day of heavy lifting, the workers can be sure of a hearty drink and a never-changing environment. The interior of the heavy wood-panelled pub has been the same since it was established so long ago—a fact that can be seen by the numerous scuffs, dents, and marks that tarnish the creaking furniture.
But, for as much as it may be in desperate need of renovation, it still provides the perfect, unchanging respite for those who need it most.