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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 Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.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

BBC News
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:00:00 -0800

The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner wants to see more criminals who are out on licence tagged with GPS trackers. Anthony Stansfeld said criminals monitored using the global positioning system would "stop a lot of them re-offending".

Banbury Guardian

Banbury Guardian
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:15:48 -0800

Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council launched Operation Bullfinch, a joint investigation into suspected serious sexual offences against children within Oxfordshire, in May 2011. Two years later, seven men were convicted at the Old Bailey ...

MK News

MK News
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:57:54 -0800

Anyone with information about Lee's whereabouts should contact Sgt Claire Collinson, of Milton Keynes police station, on the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre 101. If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the ...
Bracknell News
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:26:15 -0800

THAMES Valley Premier League have for the past three seasons awarded clubs in each division a £100 voucher. REME Arborfield collect their award for fair play. This is for Fair Play and is awarded twice a season, August to December and January until the ...
Local Berkshire
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:22:30 -0800

FIVE players were sent off after an unseemly brawl in the clash between home side Woodcote Stoke Row and Highmoor Ibis Reserves, writes Richard Ashton. Woodcote Stoke Row player Jake Dillon (stripes) was sent off following a huge brawl in the game ...
Reading Chronicle
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:30:07 -0800

“I propose that a proportion of this transition fund is used for a feasibility study into a full merger of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire brigades for a combined Thames Valley service.” Back in 2012 the three counties agreed to merge ...

Get Bucks

Get Bucks
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:07:40 -0800

According to figures released to getbucks by the force following a Freedom of Information request, in 2011-12 there were 959 instances of sexual offences where the victim was aged under 18, including 215 rapes. However, in the nine months from April ...

Milton Keynes Citizen

Milton Keynes Citizen
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:56:15 -0800

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary are part of a new initiative called Connect My Police, exploring the different options for police contact. These options could include web forms, self-service and web chat. It is designed to develop those ...

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