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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 Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.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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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:15:00 -0700

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Reading Post

Reading Post
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:18:45 -0700

Countryside crime figures have revealed a drop of 19 per cent within the Thames Valley area, compared to a 5.2 per cent increase nationally. Figures released by agricultural insurer, NFU Mutual 2013 crime survey, show that Berkshire, Buckinghamshire ...
Reading Chronicle
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:33:45 -0700

WOODCOTE Stoke Row picked up a fourth consecutive win as their red-hot goalscoring form continued with a 5-1 win at Hurst in the Premier Division, writes Rich Ashton. Toby Nowell scored twice for Woodcote Stoke Row against Hurst, and has now scored ...

Reading Post

Reading Post
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:24:40 -0700

Maciej Swierk bagged a brace as FC Reading Dons got off the mark for the season with a 5-1 win over Woodley Town B . Both sides went into the game with no points on the board in Division 5 , but the hosts raced to victory as Blerim Heta, Oltian Mezhika ...

Milton Keynes MKWeb

Milton Keynes MKWeb
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:39:45 -0700

THAMES Valley Police are combing over the Furzton Lake area as the force widens its search for missing 21-year-old Alex Todd-Weller, with worries about his welfare growing. Members of the Midshires Search and Rescue team have been at the lake today ...

Milton Keynes Citizen

BBC News
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:37:30 -0700

A detective inspector has been dismissed for harassing a member of staff with text messages and inappropriate comments. Kevin Elkins, who worked in force crime, has been sacked by Thames Valley Police for gross misconduct. His dismissal came after a ...

Reading Post

Reading Post
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 03:18:45 -0700

Pippin was enjoying a run around Thames Valley Park when he got himself lost and has not been seen since. The small black and tan terrier was out with owner Caroline Stevens, of Stanhope Road, Whitley, at about 11am on Saturday when he went running ...

BBC News

BBC News
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:58:20 -0700

CCTV images of people who may have witnessed a man being beaten to death in a park have been released by police. Martins Rudzitis, 43, died on 3 August from head injuries three weeks after an assault in People's Park. Thames Valley Police said there ...

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