I went out for a circular ride today, taking in the section of National Route 13 between Dereham and its junction with Route 1 just north of Gateley. We then followed Route 1 to Reepham (with lunch at the Kerris Farmhouse Pine Tearooms), before returning to Dereham. This was the first time I’d cycled most of this part of Route 13, and it hasn’t had a volunteer ranger for some time (anyone interested in volunteering?). Nevertheless, the signage was mostly fine, largely because a lot of it was done with permanent metal signs erected by the local council. There were a few places where an additional confirmation sign might be useful, and several instances of the hard-to-spot tiny square “13” plates in use. I didn’t stop to address these, as they weren’t that urgent. There was one permanent sign on the B1146 that needed a little rotation to get it back pointing the right way, which I was able to do. I also checked the two Millennium Mileposts on this section of the route. There’s a Mills Post at the junction with the B1146 between Beetley and East Bilney, and a Rowe Post at the junction with Route 1, just north of Gateley.
Both had firm bases, and the arms and posts were all securely attached to each other. However, the Post at the junction with Route 1 looks like it could do with a new coat of paint. This is something I’ll look into in conjunction with the East Norfolk Ranger Group who look after that stretch of Route 1. Finally, while I was following Route 1 jest west of Broom Green, there was a missing sign at a left turn. I didn’t have any “1” patches with me, nor my staple gun, and the only available place to put a sign was a telegraph pole. So I did my best with a self-adhesive sign. Hopefully it will last long enough until a local ranger can do something better.