Really? I did a Chester to Cheltenham a few years ago and the signing was aweful!
I've found the odd dodgy bit, but all the ones round the North east I've ridden have been pretty good. I tried following one through Manchester to get to HTN and got lost, but there were some roadworks, so i think I missed a sign there. You do still need a map and an idea of where you're going though.
mike, that sounds like a much better idea than a race, you could make the competitive element of the ride a drinking challenge...
Was thinking of Darlington to Masham to Tan Hill to Darlington. Originally, I'd thought of having it as a race, with the receipt from Tan Hill pub for a pint of Black Sheep being the proof needed to be returned to Darlington, but a ride would be much more fun and leave it less open to liability claims and general illegalness.