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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 Historic trades have been replaced by wealth-generating knowledge-based industries: in particular, information and communications technology and life sciences.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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Witney Gazette
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:35:20 -0700

A total of 266 people in the Thames Valley region appealed against the results of their complaint, a 30 per cent increase on the year before. About half of complaints brought to the force's attention were investigated, and a further 36 per cent ...

Kent Online

Kent Online
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:41:27 -0700

Three police officers have been handed warnings over misconduct in relation to the investigation into murdered teenager Jayden Parkinson's disappearance. The officers from Thames Valley Police (TVP) attended misconduct hearings on Friday after the ...
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:13:33 -0700

A 15-year-old boy from Thatcham was arrested this weekend on suspicion of making hoax calls to the emergency services. The boy was arrested by Thames Valley Police on Sunday September 20 and has been released on bail until Thursday October 1.


Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:00:19 -0700

It's finally here - Freshers Week! It's time to make friends and have fun in a new town. As part of our series of student guides, we've put together a list of top fresher tips from Thames Valley Police for you first years who have just moved to Reading ...

Newbury Weekly News Group

Newbury Weekly News Group
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:00:00 -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 ...

Milton Keynes oneMK

Milton Keynes oneMK
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:33:45 -0700

A man and a woman who allegedly stole from a car boot sale and assaulted a woman are being tracked by Thames Valley Police, who are appealing for witnesses to the incident. The crime took place at around 9.30am on Sunday September 20 at Milton ...
Milton Keynes oneMK
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:52:30 -0700

Thames Valley Police officers made five arrests during a multi-agency operation in Milton Keynes this morning (18/9). Officers taking part in Operation Dovetail, which took place at Willen Caravan Site, in Willen Road, Newport Pagnell, also seized ...


Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:37:30 -0700

“We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for baby Jayden. I hope that the conviction and sentence ...

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