Immediately to the south of the town, just over the border with South Yorkshire lies Hooton Pagnell, a beautifully preserved village containing the Hall. To the west of that village is the equally pretty village of Frickley with its own Hall. Though low on facilities, the walking in and around these villages from South Elmsall is excellent. A little further to the south is Old Moor, one of the RSPB's Dearne Valley Reserves while twelve miles to the North is another RSPB reserve at Fairburn Ings.