The Journey Begins
Episode 2
The animals before their journey begins
Episode Information
Series 1
Episode No. 2
UK Airdate 13 January 1993
Written by Valerie Georgeson
Episode Chronology
Preceded by The Wood in Danger
Succeeded by Through Fire and Through Water

The Journey Begins is the second episode of the first series of The Animals of Farthing Wood. It was originally broadcast in the UK on 13 January 1993.


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 DangerThe Journey BeginsThrough Fire and Through WaterFalse HavenSnare for the UnwaryWho Shall Wear the Crown?New Friends, Old EnemiesFriends in NeedWhistler's QuarryBetween Two EvilsA Deathly CalmPandemoniumSo near and yet so far...
Series 2 episodes (1994)
A Heroes' WelcomeWinterSurvivalNew EnemiesA Joke BackfiresHome Is Where the Heart IsThe Feud BeginsLike Father, Like SonNarrow EscapesShadowsA Time of ReckoningBlood Is Thicker Than WaterReconciliation
Series 3 episodes (1995)
Comings and GoingsOut and AboutWater, WaterThe Missing Fox's FriendTiffs and TempersAdventure for the BirdsThe Long-Tailed VisitorScared Silly by SnakesA Bigger OinkThe Mole GameThe Worst Kind of HurricaneHomeward BoundBully-Bully-Bully