Lower Middle Thames including the Ewelme Stream & Hamble Brook


The lower middle River Thames is the section that runs from just south of Dorchester at the confluence of the River Thame with the Thames,
Ewelme Stream
© Chiltern Chalk Stream Project
Hambleden Valley
© S Blake
continuing south past Benson and Wallingford, through the Goring Gap (where the Thames divides the Chilterns from the Berkshire Downs) then running in a large sweeping arc around the western edge of the Chilterns to Reading. Here the Thames turns north to Henley then east to Marlow and Cookham. A number of tributaries enter the Thames in this section, the Mill Brook and Bradford's Brook system at Wallingford, the Cholsey Brook south of Wallingford, the Berrick Stream, Lady Brook and Ewelme Stream near Benson, Berry Brook at Shiplake, the Harpsden Court Drain west of Henley and the Hamble Brook at Mill End. The area is also characterised by a number of other small “winterbourne” streams that only flow during periods of heavy rainfall and high groundwater levels. The Thames is an important river for recreation in the form of angling, boating (both commercial and leisure), canoeing, rowing, sailing, and ramblers.

Stakeholder Meeting

A Stakeholder meeting was held on Wednesday 6th February 2013. A large number of local stakeholders were invited and we are very grateful to the following organisations in being represented, some sending more than one delegate, and making very valuable contributions to the discussions for improvement to the watercourses.

This is an ongoing project feeding into the Environment Agency's River Basin Management Plans for the second cycle of the Water Framework Directive, which starts in 2015.

Attending Stakeholders

Benson Parish Council
Bisham Abbey Sailing & Navigation School
Canoe England
Chiltern Society
Dialogue by Design
Environment Agency
Hambleden Parish Council
Henley Town Council
Little Marlow Lakes
Little Marlow Parish Council
London Anglers Association
Marlow Town Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Piddington Parish Council
Pond Conservation
River Thames Society
Shiplake Parish Council
The Marlow Society & River User Group 6
West Wycombe Parish Council
Wheeler End Parish Council&nbs