Wordsworth wrote this poem in 1816 and first published it in 1820 in his River Duddon collection. In his 1843 collected works, he added the following note: “Rydal Mount,
1816. The lady was Miss Blackett, then residing with Mr. Montagu Burgoyne, at Fox-Ghyll.
We were tempted to remain too long upon the mountain, and I imprudently, with the
hope of shortening the way, led her among the crags and down a steep slope, which
entangled us in difficulties, that were met by her with much spirit and courage.”