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For other uses, see Thames Valley (disambiguation).
The course of the River Thames

The Thames Valley region is a loose term for the English counties or parts of those counties roughly following the course of the River Thames as it flows from Oxfordshire in the west to London in the east. It is generally taken to include parts of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey and sometimes two boroughs of southwest London. It rarely includes either the source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, or any part of Wiltshire, and does not include the informal entities Central London or the Thames Gateway which surrounds the Thames Estuary.

The Thames Valley region can be compared with the longer and narrower M4 corridor, i.e. the area within a few miles of the M4 motorway, which runs East-West extending from Hammersmith, London through Berkshire (interrupted by two small salients of Buckinghamshire) and then Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and over the River Severn via the Second Severn Crossing, a Toll Bridge to South Wales.


The Thames Valley is one of the wealthiest parts of the European Union, aided by a skilled workforce and its accessibility to London. Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.

Productivity was £49,000 per worker in 2006, which was £8,600 higher than the average for the wider region of south-east England. The knowledge economy provides 29% of employment, compared with the national average of 17%; and 37% of people in employment hold a degree. 20% of Thames Valley workers are employed in managerial and senior positions, for which the UK-wide average is 15%.[citation needed] The direct labour force amounts to 1 million people, but the total workforce within an hour of the Thames Valley towns is close to 3.7 million.[citation needed]

Since 2002, the Thames Valley has been the UK's fastest growing region, averaging 3.5% per year economic growth after inflation, well ahead of the 2.5% national average.[citation needed] Its economy was valued at £32 billion in 2007.[1]


The Thames Valley is a major tourist destination in the United Kingdom for domestic and international visitors. Attractions close to the river include:

The only long-distance walking and cycling route through the whole region is the Thames Path. Scenic landscapes include the Chiltern Hills, Ridgeway National Trail, and Windsor Great Park.

Luxury spa hotels and golf resorts cater to the luxury and leisure stay market. Regattas, food fairs and fun fairs in the towns mentioned above and traditional centres of population are among the attractions for a regional audience, as well as theme parks (principally Thorpe Park in Surrey). Dorney Lake is a major national venue for kayaking, canoeing and rowing. The American Community Schools, England are centred on the area. Wentworth and Sunningdale Golf Clubs are also in the area. Five horse racing venues are within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the river.


The Thames Valley Police cover the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Other forces cover the rest of the Thames Valley region.

Major towns and cities[edit]


See also[edit]


Coordinates: 51°30′N 1°00′W / 51.5°N 1.0°W / 51.5; -1.0

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:02:13 -0800

Police taser use has shot up in the Thames Valley, with one officer deploying his stun gun 11 times in as many months. Between January and November last year officers in the force used tasers on 282 occasions. The most prolific officer drew their stun ...

Milton Keynes Citizen

Milton Keynes Citizen
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:30:00 -0800

Thames Valley Police was the only force in the UK to miss every single target for Disclosure and Barring Service checks last year, which are required for anyone working with vulnerable adults and children. The service is now being forced to use ...

Milton Keynes Citizen

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:08:00 -0800

The high-profile case was thrown out almost two years later after a judge ruled Thames Valley Police had no right to bug their conversations. The court also heard Sally's information had been in the public domain before she received it. During the case ...
BBC News
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 03:15:00 -0800

Thames Valley Police was the only police force in the UK to miss all targets for background checks last year. All Disclosure and Barring Service checks must be done in 60 days and up to the end of November last year the force had failed to meet this ...

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MK News
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:36:07 -0800

Reports show that Thames Valley Police was the only police force in the UK to miss all targets for background checks last year. All Disclosure and Barring Service checks must be done in 60 days. Up to the end of November 2014, Thames Valley Police had ...

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Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:33:45 -0800

Whiskers and Winston are a delightful pair of black and white 15-month-old brothers looking for a home together. Freddy. Freddy is a talkative fluffy tabby and white cat looking for a cosy lap to sit on. The cats are in the care of Thames Valley Animal ...
Reading Chronicle
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:30:00 -0800

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:56:15 -0800

A man who tried to steal from his former employers was bitten by a Thames Valley Police dog as he tried to get away from the scene of the crime. Christopher Sames, 37, of Debbs Close, Stony Stratford, who the court was told was addicted to crack ...

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