Spider heading east

Spider heading east

Observation - Spider heading east - UK and Ireland. Description: This spider was wandering along in an easterly direction. When I turned it round to face west it paused for a moment then turned back to face east and continued its journey. It was a mild day following a very mild night (probably not below 14 deg C). Coul

This spider was wandering along in an easterly direction. When I turned it round to face west it paused for a moment then turned back to face east and continued its journey. It was a mild day following a very mild night (probably not below 14 deg C). Could this be a male Atypus affinis wandering in search of a female ?