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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 Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.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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BBC News
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:21:39 -0700

A total of 12,280 men and 3,762 women were caught from April 2013 to March 2014 in Hampshire and Thames Valley. According to the police, drivers are four times more likely to crash and their reaction times are 50% slower while using a phone. Hampshire ...

BBC News

BBC News
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:30:44 -0700

Woodstock and Thame police stations in Oxfordshire will be sold, as will Burnham and Buckingham stations in Buckinghamshire and Hungerford police station in Berkshire. By selling some of its estate the force hopes to save £1.9m a year by 2019.

The Oxford Times

The Oxford Times
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:53:58 -0700

Butterfly enthusiasts, who visit regularly in the spring and summer to photograph the 200-plus species of butterflies and moths there, regard Yoesden as one of the gems of the Thames Valley. Both the woodland and grassland habitats have been well ...

Oxford Mail

Oxford Mail
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:11:15 -0700

Firefighters attended three separate car fires in the Rose Hill area of Oxford early yesterday. They were called from about 3am to fires in Mortimer Road, Asquith Road and Nowell Road and put the fires out. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service requested ...


Reuters UK
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:47:25 -0700

"The loss of at least one unit from Didcot B may be particularly problematic as it is located in the high demand Thames Valley region where there are very few major power stations," he said. He added that Britain would probably escape a serious supply ...

Maidenhead Advertiser

Maidenhead Advertiser
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:41:15 -0700

Colin Billington is the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust (TV&GWOT) chairman. The charity preserves vintage public transport vehicles and runs them on heritage routes throughout the Thames Valley and West Country. Colin is hoping to gather ...

Reading Post

Reading Post
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 01:54:05 -0700

That claim was made to more than 160 property experts at the Thames Valley Property Forum at Ascot Racecourse, when the airport's expansion was on the agenda. Andrew MacMillan, the airport's strategy director, told delegates: “It's not about ...

Reading Post

Reading Post
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:08:27 -0700

The Thames Valley was described as risk averse and slower than other areas in a debate on how the digital economy was shaping this area and how it should attract medium-sized businesses from London. Louize Clarke, co-founder of ConnectTVT which ...

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