This summer I travelled to Northern England to walk the 135 Kilometers along the largest Roman monument from Bowness-on-Solway (Maia) on the Irish Sea to Wallsend (Segedunum) and South Shields (Arbeia) on the North Sea. We made it in eight days and for those of you who have not been there I´d like to share some impressions: Hadrian´s original plan was for a wall of turf in the west and stone in the east, with protected gates (mile castles) at intervals of a mile, with two observation towers (turrets inbetween the milecastles). This is what the turf wall, complete with a wooden turret, would have looked like. And this is a reconstruction of what the stone wall (with a typical tower) looked like before the stone pillaging that took place between the fifth and 19th century that reduced the remnants of the wall and it´s buildings to what is left now. Yep, the remnants of the wall do not get much higher than this... A great earthwork, known as the Vallum, was constructed a short distance south of the wall. This is what is left of the Tempe of Mitras. What you see in the back is of course not Hadrian´s Wall, but one of the thousands of little walls built from it´s stones to separate goat meadows by later generations. This reconstruction at Vindolanda gives an impression of what a local temple would have looked like. The faithful replica of the West Gate of Arbeia, the westernmost fort at South Shields overlooking the mouth of the river Tyne, as it appeared during the fourth century AD. The 4th Century courtyard house of the commanding officer shows no evidence to the claim that the Roman army was in decline by then. Please share your wall impressions and related coins!