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 Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.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

Maidenhead Advertiser
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:48:45 -0700

Martha, pictured left, was a stray who came into the care of the Thames Valley Animal Welfare charity after giving birth to her kittens in a garden shed. She is about a year old and very affectionate. The mum is looking for a new home with her ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:13:43 -0700

Six people, including a three-year-old boy, have been taken to hospital after an explosion on a boat on the river Thames. Thames Valley police are investigating the cause of the explosion at Bray Lock in Taplow, on the Buckinghamshire-Berkshire border, ...

Maidenhead Advertiser

Maidenhead Advertiser
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 04:11:50 -0700

Petrol forecourt Filling up police cars with the wrong type of fuel has cost Thames Valley Police £3,538 since 2013. Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows that the force has forked out £700 of taxpayers' money this year on ...

CitiBlog (blog)

CitiBlog (blog)
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 06:07:30 -0700

Members of the public may be familiar with seeing these small silver canisters lying around on the floor in recreational or urban areas but they may not be aware of what they are. The canisters contain Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, which ...

Newbury Weekly News Group

Newbury Weekly News Group
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:52:30 -0700

UK is pleased to carry the results for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Trust's weekly lottery. They work around the clock, every day of the year, to provide rapid medical help whatever the situation. The air ambulance has responded to thousands of ...

Get Bucks

Get Bucks
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:35:57 -0700

Tasers were used on under 18s 15 times in Thames Valley in 2014, up from six times in 2013, according to figures from Thames Valley Police revealed using the Freedom of Information act. The youngest people a Taser was used against in 2014 was a ...


Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:32:16 -0700

Police officers in the Thames Valley have been assaulted more than 600 times in just three years - an average of more than four a week. New figures released in Parliament show a total of 631 assaults were self-reported by serving officers to the force ...


Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:45:00 -0700

Human remains found by workmen clearing ditches in Berkshire are those of a man, police said. Officers were called to Hawthorn Lane in Warfield, Bracknell, at 4pm on Friday following the grisly discovery. Thames Valley Police said the man's death is ...

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