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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 Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.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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Oxford Mail
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:56:15 -0800

AN Oxfordshire domestic abuse charity is going to expand throughout the Thames Valley as it eyes its 10th birthday. Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse (RtR), which trains people to help victims of domestic abuse and violence, is set to expand to ...

Maidenhead Advertiser

Maidenhead Advertiser
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:11:15 -0800

A horse from Thames Valley Police's mounted section has been named as one of three finalists in the RSPCA and Daily Mirror's Animal Hero Awards. Albert, a 17-year-old skewbald, has been nominated for the award for his work during demonstrations, ...
BBC News
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:37:30 -0800

A firearms and ammunition amnesty has begun in the Thames Valley to reduce the number of illegally held weapons. Those who hand in unlicensed guns, bullets and antique firearms to Thames Valley Police before 22:00 GMT on 7 December will not face ...

Reading Post

Reading Post
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:45:00 -0800

The force's police chief has backed Wokingham Borough Council's decision to look at decriminalising parking. Wokingham borough is one of the last remaining areas in the Thames Valley where only the police can issue parking tickets. In the summer ...

Reading Post

Reading Post
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:07:30 -0800

Thames Valley is the least medicated place in England. According to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre there were 27.1 million prescriptions dispensed by community pharmacies in the Thames Valley NHS area team in 2013-14.

BBC News

BBC News
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 04:30:22 -0800

A total of 147 Thames Valley Police officer posts will be lost as the force tries to make £45m savings. It confirmed 94 training posts would be moved out from the force while 53 officer positions would be converted to support staff roles. The force ...

Maidenhead Advertiser

Maidenhead Advertiser
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:37:30 -0800

Thames Valley Police has said it is above the England and Wales average for recording reports of crimes correctly. A study released by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary examined more than 10,000 reports of crime across the 43 constabularies in ...

Slough Express

Slough Express
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:26:15 -0800

police A firearms surrender is due to take place across the Thames Valley in order to reduce the number of illegally held weapons in circulation. From 8am on Monday until 10pm on Sunday, December 7, unlicensed guns, bullets and old or antique firearms ...

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