I am about to go to Tom Bombadil's house, and was wondering what the easiest route was. From the maps, it looks like you can just go south from Adso's Camp, but since the actual quest says to go through the Old Forest, I have a feeling it won't be that simple. Can someone explain the simplest route to Tom's house? The Old Forest was a bit confusing when I went in to do some quests before this (especially getting to that boss spider and the pack - couldn't finish those - bonus points for someone that can help me with those as well).

Thanks for any and all assistance.