|The Journey Begins|
The animals before their journey begins
|UK Airdate||13 January 1993|
|Written by||Valerie Georgeson|
|Preceded by||The Wood in Danger|
|Succeeded by||Through Fire and Through Water|
Having agreed to travel together to White Deer Park, the animals meet together at the Great Beech to begin the journey, though the pheasants aren't too happy about it. Unfortunately, Mole refuses to join his fellow animals after hearing Adder call him slow. As the rest of the animals begin the journey, Badger waits behind and is able to persuade Mole that he won't be a burden, especially as he will be allowed to ride of Badger’s back.
Owl is sent to find water and the animals come across a house with a swimming pool. Toad and the newts go for a swim whilst the other animals drink the water. The smaller animals use Fox and Badger as a bridge to get to the water and Weasel holds Adder in her mouth to help her drink, but drops her in the pool. The lights in the house come on and the animals scarper after Fox has saved Adder from the pool using a stick.
After a whole night of walking, the animals become tired and begin looking for a safe place to rest. Kestrel is able to locate some army land on which they can sleep, but the animals must first cross a road in order to reach it. Luckily, they are all able to cross and reach the army land, despite the fact that both Adder and Toad (on separate occasions) were close to being been run over, saved only by Badger and Fox (with the help of Owl), respectively. Having safely reached the army land, the animals settle down to sleep.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Mrs Hedgehog and Baby Newt, who were both absent from the assembly in the previous episode.
- On "The Journey Begins" VHS, all connections leading up to the animals' first adventure in the swimming pool are removed.
|Series and Episodes|
|Series 1 (1993) • Series 2 (1994) • Series 3 (1995)|
|Series 1 episodes (1993)|
|The Wood in Danger • The Journey Begins • Through Fire and Through Water • False Haven • Snare for the Unwary • Who Shall Wear the Crown? • New Friends, Old Enemies • Friends in Need • Whistler's Quarry • Between Two Evils • A Deathly Calm • Pandemonium • So near and yet so far...|
|Series 2 episodes (1994)|
|A Heroes' Welcome • Winter • Survival • New Enemies • A Joke Backfires • Home Is Where the Heart Is • The Feud Begins • Like Father, Like Son • Narrow Escapes • Shadows • A Time of Reckoning • Blood Is Thicker Than Water • Reconciliation|
|Series 3 episodes (1995)|
|Comings and Goings • Out and About • Water, Water • The Missing Fox's Friend • Tiffs and Tempers • Adventure for the Birds • The Long-Tailed Visitor • Scared Silly by Snakes • A Bigger Oink • The Mole Game • The Worst Kind of Hurricane • Homeward Bound • Bully-Bully-Bully|