I,m slightly further ahead, above a blacksmith close to the undead church.
If you cant get past the DRAKE
, keep speaking to the guy you meet if you go right, instead of across the bridge, he will give you a white sign soapstone
and you can cross half the bridge. You should see a staircase to your right, so quickly run down it before your cooked! now, go through the door NOT under the bridge and you can kick down a ladder to the bonfire.
Hope this helps!