The official designated road access to Denton in bad weather is from the A143 at Earsham via Hall Road and Denton Road to join Denton's Norwich Road down to Chapel Corner and then down Trunch Hill to the Old School. This is the first (and probably only) route that will be gritted by County Highways in icy weather.
For further information, including a map, go to the County Highways website.
Bus & Train Cards
Two forms of concessionary travel cards are available.
Bus Passes are now available to anyone born before 5th April 1950 and anyone else who has reached the statutory female retirement age, currently 66.
Applications for Bus Passes should be made to the County Council at County Hall. Bus Passes are free.
Senior Rail Cards are available to anyone over 60 years of age. They can be purchased, at different prices often less than the official £30, from a variety of sources. These include South Norfolk Council at Long Stratton. Applications can also be made via Harleston Information Plus .
They are also available from a number of on-line sources. Useful guidance is provided from the Money Saving Expert.
Local Scheduled Buses
Since the withdrawal of the previous 580 service, which ran through the village, a very limited service is available.
This now consists of one bus per day, Monday to Saturday, to and from Harleston.
This bus, the 84 service, from Norwich to Harleston diverts via Denton.
Leaving the Norwich Bus Station at 8.30 and travelling via Alburgh, it comes up Trunch Hill, turns round at Chapel Corner, picks up there at 9.33 am and then returns down Trunch Hill on its way to Harleston, Broad Street, arriving at 9.50.
The return 84 service from Harleston leaves Broad Street at 11.45 am and reaches Chapel Corner at 12.00 before travelling to Norwich and arriving there at 13.00.
The option of a taxi service back from Harleston has been withdrawn.
Note there is no service to Bungay.
Some Denton residents use the 84 service to get to Norwich by driving to Alburgh and parking at the Village Hall.
For further information about the 84 service go to the Konnect Bus website. Or call: 03300 539358.
The Parish Council continues to press for a better service for Denton.
For information about national bus services go to the Traveline East Anglia website.
The Borderhoppa bus, a minibus Dial-a-ride service, is operated in the Harleston area by the Diss and District Community Transport Association. Denton has now been restored to their catchment area!
To benefit from this friendly service, you need to become a Borderhoppa member. This costs £6 for six months or £10 for 12 months. Anyone of any age can join.
After that, any journey of 1 to 5 miles from Denton will cost £2 single - £3.50 return. Unfortunately, Bus Passes are no longer accepted on the service.
You need to give them two days notice of your requirements. To book contact: 01379 854800.
They also offer a group hire service and organise a variety of group outings.
Full details are on their Website.
Medical Car Scheme
A volunteer car scheme operates in the village to take patients to emergency appointments with their doctor or dentist in Bungay or Harleston or to collect prescriptions.
The following people can be contacted by those in need of the service:
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|Rosemary Gibson||788502||Sally Haigh||788367|
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Anne Carden is the coordinator of the scheme.
Railway services in this region are provided by: Greater Anglia and East Midlands Trains from Diss and Norwich stations.
Destinations that can be reached on direct trains from both these stations are:
London (Liverpool Street), Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich
and just from Norwich:
Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool.
For full details of all services see the operators' websites linked above and for full timetables for the whole country contact National Rail Enquiries.
D/Way Travel of Earsham operate a range of vehicles from a 4-seater upwards. Tel: 01986 895375.
Local providers include:
- D-Way Taxis, Earsham Tel: 01986 895375
- Mark Adams, Bungay Tel: 01986 892391
- Goldstar, Harleston Tel: 01986 892391